Substance Abuse Rehabilitation

Substance abuse causes substance addiction. It is a chronic disease characterized by the compulsive need to seek sub irrespective of its harmful effects. It causes lasting changes in the brain. In order to recover and undo effects of the substance, the individual and his family members must undertake rehabilitative measures. Rehabilitation helps encourage the addicted […]

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10 Things people who have over...

Alcohol addiction is more than just a drinking problem. It is a biological, progressive, chemical and a fatal disease. It can enlighten a sense of urgency and necessity due to its dependence but overcoming an addiction is so entrenched it is not an easy feat. People who have overcome addiction have been sailed two ships; […]

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Depression in Women

One in four women experiences depression at some point in time in their life. And women are twice as likely to experience clinical depression than men. Still wondering why the women in your life are crying most of the time, or feeling persistently sad, and has no interest in anything. Here is your answer: she […]

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The Family Impact: The social disadvantage and subordination of women on the one hand. And the rapid socio-cultural and economic changes on the other have significantly altered traditional structures and institutions within society. Such changes are invariably associated with social upheaval and drug abuse is a known outcome of such change. Drug abuse poses various […]

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Reinventing Mindful Eating

Reinventing Mindful Eating: Eating is an inevitable activity of everyday life. There was a time when this activity was carried on with utmost mindfulness, i.e. prayers were offered before beginning the meals, and after ending the meals slokas like Annapoorne Sada Poorne, Shankara Prana Vallabhe, Trayam were recited. Offering supplication (Du’ä) by Islam followers during the meal, […]

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Schizophrenia – psycho-social intervention essential for complete cure

Living-with-schizophrenia8Given the complexity of the disease, schizophrenia is not that much complicated to treat, provided it is diagnosed early and the patient is put under a disciplined and multipronged curing regimen that has psycho and social interventions at its core.

‘No’ to hit and trial

Now, talking of treating persons with schizophrenia, one can ill afford a hit and trial method. Especially, knowing full well that a single-pill cure for the disease is still miles away, many treatment centres lay too much stress on medicinal interventions. That is, indeed, a very bad news for the patient looking for an early succour from their pain and sufferings.

A mind disease!

The early symptoms of schizophrenia, in Greek language meaning split (schizo) – mind (phreno), may surface in the form of sleep and appetite disturbances, unusual behaviour and inaudible speech. Being related to mind, the disease essentially entails a split between the patients’ thought process, his or her emotion and behaviour.

Rehab and management

It, thus, becomes imperative that mental healthcare professionals give due importance to psychological and social aspects of the treatment process while treating a person with schizophrenia. Thanks to the wonderful results of psycho-social interventions, increasingly professionals have begun to recognise the need for it in the rehabilitation and management of patients with schizophrenia.

Social role impairment

The key to an effective psycho-social intervention in case of schizophrenia lies in further widening the scope of treatment beyond the obvious goals: remission of acute episodes, control of symptoms and prevention of relapses. Judging a complex disease on these simple parameters may be overlooking other areas of concerns that need urgent attention namely chronic disorder marked by impairment of social role functioning as a spouse or worker.

Effective care stressed

Further, psycho-social treatment of a person with schizophrenia assumes significance from the point of view of the patient’s overall level of functioning, complying with the prescribed treatment regimen and improvement in the quality of life. So, professionals now lay equal emphasis on effective care and management besides medication.

Holistic approach to cure

This brings us to the need for adopting a holistic approach to the treatment of schizophrenia. Experts have broadly identified six-point steps for psycho-social treatment of a person with schizophrenia. Accordingly mental healthcare professionals prescribe: psychological treatment aimed at addressing specific problems, psycho education for family members of patients, vocational rehabilitation and opportunities for education, access to counselling at the time of crisis, easy access to inpatient psychiatric care, etc.

Long drawn treatment good!

Further, professionals say that any psycho-social intervention in order to be effective in yielding the desired results needs to be long drawn. But such treatments pose their own challenges to both the patients and the mental healthcare professionals. Firstly, the pace of the treatment is likely to be disrupted repetitively due to the very nature of the disease that makes patient behave abnormally.

Set short term goals

So, the treatment has to continue for a longer part of the patient’s life span so as to ensure there are no relapses. It is advised that short-term goals be set so that these become achievable instead of trying to do the same through long term goals.

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