10 Signs You May Have Obsessiv...

As per WHO (World Health Organisation), About 2% of the world’s population suffer from OCD which is roughly 1 in 50 people. OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) is a type of anxiety disorder that causes obsessive and compulsive thoughts to a person. This article highlights the various types of symptoms that are associated with OCD. Listed below […]

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How to Stop Porn Addiction?

As most of us realize there is a great and lot deal of porn floating around the web these days. With porn so easy to come by it, there is also a little surprising fact that porn addiction is on the rise and no wonder how it is fueled. Many people will and may be […]

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Mystery of Motivation Thought

How many of us decided to wake up early & do the exercise or Yoga, just to stop after few days. How many of us enthusiastically stopped all cigarettes, started workup, guitar classes, aerobic training program… Etc.  Only to stop after a while, due to lack of motivation. We quickly lose motivation and stop pursuing […]

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Plight of a person diagnosed w...

“I don’t’ have the freedom to laugh loudly”- The title of the article comes from an experience shared by one of the patient diagnosed with mood disorder Or Bipolar Affective Disorder, in short BPAD. It revealed how an illness condition can have a life-long impact on a person’s life. What are Mood Disorders? Mood disorders […]

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Why do Drug Addicts Relapse? K...

Why do some drug addicts keep relapsing, while other people seem to embrace recovery and start living a successful, drug-free life again? The question confounds us all and has been discussed at great lengths. Here are some of the reasons that we have found that people continue to fail and what to do for drug […]

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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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