Long Term Rehabilitation for D...

Addiction to being sober for long is not a cakewalk. It takes a lot of courage, determination and strength to achieve it. If you have been a drug or alcohol addict and you are over it now then thank and congratulate yourself because you deserve one. If you are not able to get over it […]

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BIPOLAR DISORDER FACTS

This blog is a compilation of the common questions asked by patients with bipolar disorder and their family members.  It is completely for the knowledge, short-term recovery, and most importantly to imbibe self-confidence for the individuals that – You’re not alone! I read that ‘people with bipolar disorder can’t switch to normal life again‘ is […]

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What is sniffing addiction?

Sniffing is an act of inhaling substance right from the container of the substance. Sniffing involves either pouring or spraying a substance on a cloth and holding that soaked cloth to the nose or placing it in the mouth. And bagging is where fumes from the substance are trapped in a bag and then held […]

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Celebrities with Bipolar Disor...

‘Like seriously!!!???’ We do say “what?!”, “really!?”, “OMG!!!”; when we are surprised. When we know something new we are surprised, and when we know about the famous faces, this expression is magnified and the news goes viral. Especially celebrities with an illness like bipolar disorder. Do these faces look familiar to you? Yes, these faces […]

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Ice Addiction

Crystal meth, commonly known as ice, is now considered one of the most dangerous drugs (Ice addiction). Ice is the purest form of the drug methamphetamine. Smoking ice is considered to be the most addictive form of intake. It causes severe damage, both physical and mental, to the abuser. Like any other form of addiction, […]

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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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