8 Types of Depression You May ...

Types of Depression! Does depression have types? According to WHO (World Health Organization), India is the most depressed country in the world. The shocking statistics from WHO suggest that there is a lack of awareness in the country and the stigma associated with it is very high. Majority of people know what is depression but […]

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Why Some People Are More Prone...

It may seem freaky, bizarre to some, but yes it is true- many people around the world are prone to depression! It’s not just us who are telling but also research findings have proved it. “The prevalence of depression globally has been increasing in recent decades ranging from 20% to 25% in women and about […]

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How I got addicted to Alcohol?

Hello, this is Raajan Vasudev Menon from Bangalore. I am a recovered alcohol addict who’s just out of a rehab centre. I like to share my story to all, especially parents on- how your alcohol practice may affect your children’s life. There is no confusion from where to start with. For every annual leave, I […]

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Depression or Sadness- how do ...

Nobody would welcome the feelings of dejection or sadness, but feeling low can sometimes feel like a  normal emotion, and a natural response to disappointment or loss. But it is vital to note that if this sadness persists for a long duration of time, it can be devastating. However, depression is a mental health condition […]

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Why is Overcoming Alcohol Addi...

Alcohol addiction does lead to bad behaviours and is dangerous. But why is Overcoming Alcohol Addiction So Hard? “I admire anyone who rids himself of an addiction” – Gene Tierney Overcoming Alcohol Addiction is Hard- why? A person may not admit he is an alcoholic as he starts out seeking or experiencing a sense of […]

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A Complete Family Guide for Schizophrenia Treatment

Schizo-blogSchizophrenia is one of the most persistent and disabling mental illnesses that leads to the loss of social functioning in affected individuals. Human intervention is strongly believed to be more effective than medical science in helping people with schizophrenia. Therefore, the role of a family with schizophrenia patient(s) is very imperative for speedy recovery from the illness. Tackling schizophrenia can no longer be a daunting task as long as families strictly adhere to their role and responsibilities. A liable family works together in planning treatment, supervises medication intake, and ensures social, financial, mutual and emotional support to the affected member.

Understand the illness better

At the first instance, family members should accept the facts of the illness that enables them to face difficult emotions including frustration, anger, fear, guilt and hopelessness. Understanding schizophrenia and its treatment permits families make informed decisions on how best to address the illness and handle setbacks. Creating a supportive and structured environment in the house is highly expected to keep the patient unstressed. Families should be patient enough with the pace of recovery, and be careful that they aren’t taking over. It is advised to avoid anger and distractions such as TV, Radio and light that harm, reduce continuous eye contact, and avoid touching the patient.

Action plans for families

Keeping an emergency plan ready helps families handle such an illness. The best emergency plan for a family member with schizophrenia should have a list of contact details of doctors, and therapists, address and contact number of the nearest psychiatric hospital. The closest family member should initiate to speak about illness during an examination for schizophrenia treatment. Patients should be encouraged continuously to continue with the treatment. It will be useful if the family can maintain a better record of symptoms, medications recommended and used, and the effects of treatment. The family members, with a complete understanding of the history of symptoms, may gauge better what to look for in the future.

In-house treatment for Schizophrenia

As a matter of priority, families should even identify some “early warning signs” of potential relapses such as changes in the sleep pattern or increased withdrawal. Thus, return of psychosis can definitely be detected and treatment can prevent a full-blown relapse. Above all, families should support and motivate the person with schizophrenia in making him or her confident about quicker recovery. A positive approach will be helpful and perhaps more effective in long-run than criticism. This is advisable to everyone who interacts with patients on a timely basis. Ensuring patients continue with treatment even after hospitalization is one of the major considerations for families with schizophrenia.

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