Why do you need Mental Health ...

Every day we learn of suicide and individuals engaging in mass murder. Most of these individuals actually suffer from mental illness. From the youngest to the oldest all are at risk when it comes to mental illness. So what do we do in times like this? We provide Mental Health First Aid. Mental Health First […]

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When does Psychological First ...

  The world is going through a crisis. From disasters, wars, terrorist attacks, traumatic events, ongoing discrimination towards sections of society, criminal activities etc. causes a large number of victims and affected family members of such victims undergo a major psychological breakdown. At times like this Psychological First Aid helps to prevent their health from […]

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Mental Health First Aid

In a first aid an injured person is given essential help until a professional medical treatment is given. The main aim of a first aid is to save life, prevent any kind of further harm, promote recovery and provide comfort. Mental health first aid (MHFA) does the same for individual developing mental health problems. Mental […]

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What are the other medical pro...

Dementia refers to a loss of mental function which compromises a person’s cognitive thinking. It results in declining memory and linguistic skill as well as behavioural changes. It is a progressive disease caused by brain damage. This means that the symptoms and effects will progressively worsen over time. The effects can range from physical or […]

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Say No to Cocaine in all forms...

We live in a world where taking cocaine is trendier than fashion. Its availability and use is not limited to a certain class of the society or an age group. The ‘Happening’ drug is easily available at the hidden corner of the street nearby. Whether it is to boost self-esteem or just succumbing to peer-pressure, […]

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Does Schizophrenia Have Its Effects Only on the Patient?

Does-Schizophrenia-Have-Its-Effects-Only-on-the-PatientSchizophrenia can change a person drastically; the way he/she thinks, sees the world, converses with people and even his/her social behaviour. It can change almost everything about him.

Negligence of the Symptoms by the Family

Dealing with this condition can be very frustrating for family and friends, and for anyone that knew the person before he/she got ill.

It is observed that anindividual developsthis condition mainly during his/her adolescent years, oftencausing the parents to overlook the early symptoms, dismissing them as just normal adolescent behaviour.

The Blame Game

Once this condition is detected, however, it can generally be disruptive to families; the members of the family constantly keep searching for someone to blame for the development of this condition. The reactions of the family members(to another family member acquiring this disease) may, at times, result in the ‘shame and blame’ syndrome, causing estrangement and disagreements among the family members.

Stress and Trauma

It may be hard for the familyto cope with the change in behaviour, attitude and possibly the ways of his/her communication.

Along with the patient, who struggles to keep up with reality who could also be experiencing auditory hallucinations at times, friends and family also experience a lot of stress and trauma.

Depression and Denial

This condition can cause depression both in the patient as well as the family. Anyone close to him/her gets affected by his sudden and extreme change in behaviour.

It is frequently found that having a mental disorder such as schizophrenia, could affect the social standing of the patient as well as his/her family. This causes the patient and his family to stay in denial of the condition. Even when there is suspicion of the condition due to similar reasons, the patient may refuse to get help or even a proper diagnosis. It may continually result in household quarrels and long lasting family feuds, and it may cause the patient to feel neglected and out-of-place.

Understanding, Acceptance and Recovery

It is important for the family to understand the condition and accept it completely. It is very essential for the recovery of the patient to have a strong support system.

It must be noted here that recovery doesn’t mean that the condition is going to go away. It is merely helping one cope with the symptoms and the conditions enabling the patient to live and enjoy a normal life.

Leading a Normal Life with a Positive Attitude

Despite these effects and hindrances, it is possible for the patient and his family to lead a normal and happy life, given the fact there is proper medication combined with psychotherapy. It is important to remember that having schizophrenia is not the end of the world, it does not bring down your social status in any way. It is treatable and the condition may be stabilised to some extent. The key is to stay positive.