Schizophrenia is also known as a psychosis, a psychiatric disorder characterized by disturbances in thought, perception, feelings, behaviour and speech. Common symptoms include hallucinations: seeing, hearing or feeling things that are not real; delusions: fixed unreasonable beliefs, not shared by other people in their culture and which are strongly held even though there is overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
People with schizophrenia often feel that life is meaningless, that the world is against them, that there is no hope for change and no escape. The normal range of symptoms is divided into two groups. First, there are those that occur on only a short-term basis. These include hallucinations, delusions, and mood disorders. Second, there are long-term conditions that go on for extended periods of time without any break.
Schizophrenia can have an adverse effect on many aspects of one’s life
It can lead to social withdrawal, inability to concentrate, difficulty with concentration and problem-solving skills, loss of interest in normal hobbies, joblessness and the inability to think logically. Schizophrenics often have trouble with relationships.
They are often unable to hold down a job because of their inability to concentrate and lose interest in activities they once enjoyed. They may have difficulty in school, leading to lower grades and lower academic achievement.
Because of these symptoms, schizophrenia can be treated with medications and counselling. Schizophrenics often have a hard time coping with their problems, so help from family and friends is very important. Family therapy is the best way to help schizophrenics understand the nature of their symptoms and how to deal with them. Read more about the symptoms of schizophrenia.
Schizophrenia treatment will depend upon the severity of the disorder
If a patient has just one episode of schizophrenia, medication and counselling may be all that is needed to alleviate his or her symptoms. For people with a more serious illness such as schizophrenia, medication may be necessary to control the symptoms and prevent further episodes. Sometimes, antipsychotic drugs will be prescribed to slow down the progress of schizophrenia and keep it from becoming worse.
Sometimes, surgery is required to treat schizophrenia. In addition to medication and counselling, therapy can be helpful. Some people may have a need for psychotherapy. This is often used to help a patient to determine what caused the illness and to learn coping techniques to help reduce his or her symptoms.
Other types of natural therapies that may help include
- Massage and
In some cases, people with schizophrenia have reported success with herbal remedies, which are said to relieve certain symptoms of the disease. Homoeopathic remedies may help patients by strengthening immune system function and relieving pain, depression and anxiety.
Sometimes, doctors will recommend electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) to help people with schizophrenia. ECT can be performed to treat the illness, but this method should not be done without the consent of a psychiatrist or mental health expert.
Patients should be given adequate support to cope with the procedure. Even after the treatment is completed, people with schizophrenia can develop side effects from the medication and side effects can lead to relapse.
There are a variety of reasons why some people do not respond well to treatment for schizophrenia
The medications may cause problems with weight gain and diarrhoea, and patients may have trouble sleeping. Because of the medication, some patients are not able to enjoy the activities they once enjoyed. Sometimes, side effects can interfere with a patient’s social skills. If other health conditions are present, medication can aggravate them.
What happened If a person with schizophrenia suffers from severe anxiety or depression?
He or she may be prescribed antidepressants. The medications can be effective, but they should never be used by themselves. These drugs should never be taken alone, nor can they be used for a prolonged period of time without the knowledge and supervision of a doctor.
One of the most important things that patients and doctors can do is to try to use all available treatments, including natural methods, in combination with one another. Treatment of schizophrenia should not stop when the medication is stopped. Medication is only a tool to help people cope with their symptoms. The disease is never going to go away on its own. Read more about living with schizophrenia.
A natural method of treatment is best for anyone who wants to live an active life and improve his or her quality of life. No matter what form of medication a person chooses to take, therapy and support are key to keeping the illness in control. There are many ways to improve mental functioning for patients with schizophrenia.
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