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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Schizophrenia Treatments

Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia Treatments

Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that can affect an individual’s functional life areas and disrupts their perception of reality. There are no known complete cure for schizophrenia, however, treatment options are available that help manage the symptoms and help a person lead a normal life.

Here are a few treatment options that are seen effective in managing symptoms of schizophrenia:

  • Medications: Anti-psychotic drugs are effective in reducing symptoms, especially positive symptoms like hallucinations and delusions. There are two classes of anti-psychotic medications that are seen to be effective in schizophrenia, typical and atypical. Among them atypical class of medications are seen to have lesser side effects than typical. Particular medications may work for one individual while for another they might not work.
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy or CBT: The main aim of the therapy is to try and change the individual’s way of thinking. In schizophrenia CBT helps an individual deal with symptoms like hallucinations; how ignore them or how to function with their presence.
  • Cognitive enhancement Training: This is like a brain training where the individual is taught to use and strengthen their mental abilities. They could be trained to increase their attention span, strengthen memory or organizing skills.
  • Family therapy and education: Family support plays an important role in helping an individual with schizophrenia. As they are in a condition where they are not able to take care of themselves the presence of family support is essential. Family members need to learn as much as possible about the disorder, its symptoms and effects to help the individual.
  • Social skill training: Social skill training is also seen to benefit the individual especially to enhance their interpersonal relationships. Here the individual is taught to identify and recognize social cues given by other and to appropriately respond to them.
  • Electroconvulsive therapy or ECT: In this therapy small amount of electric charges is given to the individual’s brain. In schizophrenia, when all the other treatment options fail to show any kind of improvement an ECT could be recommended.
  • Vocational training: As schizophrenia can completely disrupt an individual’s life, they need to be taught to support themselves. Vocational trainings enables an individual improve their existing skill and also to develop new ones. Utilization of these skills can boost the individual’s self esteem giving them confidence to function effectively.

The effective of these treatment options may vary from individual to individual. It is more effective when the individual goes under both medications and psychotherapy. Though effects of schizophrenia are devastating, there is still hope through the available therapies and family support. For treatment options of schizophrenia, call us now on +919611194949.

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