How to help an Alcoholic?

It is painful and overwhelming to see someone you love destroy their life due to an addictive behaviour. Alcoholics usually tend to deny their addiction and only realize it when its negative effects have spread into almost all areas of life. Here the role of friends and family members can be effective in encouraging them […]

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First aid for Panic Attacks

Panic attack is a condition which is episodic in nature marked by high anxiety and fear, also discomfort that develops suddenly and reaches heights within 10 minutes.   Observable symptoms: Trembling and shaking Sweating Short breaths and sensations of choking If the person reports – palpitations, chest pain or discomfort, abdominal distress or nausea, dizziness […]

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Panic Attack in Child

Did you know that a panic attack in children often manifests in the early stages of adolescence? And, it is the most common psychological problem in the western countries, usually affecting about 2-3% of the people especially the younger ones in a year. There is no specific event triggering the first panic attack in children, […]

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Alcohol Detoxification

Do you know that Delirium tremens kills one in  20 people during alcohol withdrawal? Yes, It is estimated these tremors occur in 5 percent of the people who go through the process of alcohol withdrawal. This is the time where the alcohol detoxification comes into the picture.   It is good if you have decided […]

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How To Stop Panic Attack

Dying on EMI basis?   In the spur of a moment suddenly thinking of losing control, having a heart attack or even dying. No clue of what’s happening in and around? That could be a panic attack. Yes! A panic attack is a sudden impact of intense fear that creates severe physical reactions in the […]

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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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