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What is Schizophrenia?
Schizophrenia is a brain condition that affects the way a person acts, feels, and looks at the world. Schizophrenia makes it difficult to distinguish reality, think clearly, handle emotions, communicate to others, and perform normally as a person.
People suffering from schizophrenia frequently have other mental health conditions like anxiety disorders, severe depressive illness, or substance abuse issues.
Schizophrenia is a challenging condition, but it’s not incurable; it can be successfully managed. Once the condition is identified, treatment should be undertaken immediately. With the right medication and support from friends and families, schizophrenia can be managed and cured.
Signs and Symptoms
Schizophrenia sometimes develops abruptly in a person without any indication. But generally, it turns up bit by bit, with negligible signs and a slow decline in performance long before the first major episode.
People around them start suspecting something wrong, but they can’t pinpoint what. They family and friends start to find them emotionless, strange, indifferent and withdrawn.
The most common early signs in them that they observe include:
• carelessness with hygiene
• change in the manner of speaking
• expressionless gaze, showing no emotions
• forgetful, unable to concentrate
• intense reaction to criticism
• oversleeping or insomnia
• social withdrawal
• strange usage of words
• weird or irrational statements
The causes of schizophrenia include:
environmental factors – city born and raised, use of prohibited drugs, certain infections, parent’s age, and inadequate nutrition during pregnancy, etc.
genetic factors - include a variety of common and rare genetic variants, like culture, observed behavior and personal experiences.
Schizophrenia treatment is contingent on the constant and continuous administration of anti-psychotic medication together with therapy, job training, and recovery of social life. The patient requires some form of daily living support. Find communities that offer systems to help with jobs, lodging, self-help groups and emergency situations.
In more severe cases, forced hospitalization may be necessary, for the benefit of everyone concerned, the patient included.
Even when symptoms have already diminished, Schizophrenia patients need a lifetime treatment. Their management should be under the guidance of a psychiatrist who is qualified in treating schizophrenia.
With appropriate treatment, most people with schizophrenia can manage their condition.
Although schizophrenia is a challenging and lingering disorder, help is available in many places. With love and care from families, medication and therapy, schizophrenia patients are able to recover and take charge of their lives again.
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