Schizophrenia is a mental illness that affects about one out of every hundred people. There are many popular myths and misunderstandings about it. That makes it all the more important to get the facts straight. This blog is for anyone who has Schizophrenia or who has a friend or relative with Schizophrenia. Here you will find:
What it is like to have Schizophrenia
What may cause Schizophrenia
What can be done
Is there a treatment for Schizophrenia? What is the cure?
There is no single treatment for Schizophrenia because this is an illness that has been brought about by many factors, which as earlier mentioned are stress, drugs or alcohol, and biochemical, genetic, and psychosocial factors . Hence, the treatment of Schizophrenia must be planned so that these factors are addressed. it can be safely said therefore, that a a combination of treatment strategies is necessary to reduce, if not totally eliminate, the symptoms, prevent relapse, and minimize the disability from the illness.
At first, if the person has symptoms of Schizophrenia, he may need to stay in a hospital for a while for thorough assessment and treatment. However, if the illness is caught early enough, this may not be necessary. The person would need to see a psychiatrist because Schizophrenia needs expert help. Even if the person does come into the hospital, it will usually be for only a few weeks. Afterwards, any help or treatment he needs can be given at home.
Someone with Schizophrenia may not always realize they are ill. They may refuse treatment when they badly need it. In such cases, a consent of admission from a relative may suffice in the admission of such person in a mental health facility.
Does treatment take more than medicines?
Medications (medicines) help the most disturbing symptoms of the illness. However, they do not provide a complete answer. Medication is an important first step, which makes it possible for other kinds of help to work.
Support from families and friends, other forms of treatment and services such as supported housing, daycare and employment schemes also play a vital part in getting better. Aside from pharmacological treatment, psychotherapy and psychosocial rehabilitation may be improve the condition.
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