Introduction to Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia affects how the brain works, causing a person to interpret reality atypically.
For more information on mental health conditions, you may refer to the Mental Health Resources.
Signs and Symptoms
This means believing strongly in something untrue, or having theories even though there is no evidence.
Disorganised movements and behaviours
Seeing, hearing, feeling, smelling or tasting something that is not there
This refers to a reduced ability to behave normally, such as reduced ability to plan and execute activities, lack of motivation, or social withdrawal.
Confused thoughts that do not link up
What Are The Causes
Brain chemical imbalances may contribute to schizophrenia. In addition, a person may be more likely to develop schizophrenia if someone in the family has it too.
Certain experiences in life, and stress, can trigger the condition, such as stress due to work- or school-related matters.
How It Is Treated
If you think you or someone you know may have schizophrenia, you should seek advice from a mental health professional.
Treatment comes in two main forms:
Psychological treatments: These are treatments that targets a person’s thought process, coping skills, and his social environment in general. It is suitable once the person no longer experience an altered state of reality. Psychosocial treatments also help as the person is taught to better understand the condition and manage its symptoms. Finally, family members and caregivers are also encouraged to go for such education.
Medication: Your doctor may prescribe drugs that reduce and control the symptoms linked to Schizohprenia, helping the person regain a normal sense of reality.
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