My Dad and Dementia

Hello, everyone! Am Naaz (name changed), working as a writer in a reputed company. All am going to share is a few words about my lovely dad’s dementia. Like every other kid in this world, I too grew up by seeing my dad as a hero. His biggest plus is being nice to everyone without […]

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MORE THAN JUST A DISEASE RELAP...

Relapse can always bring a full stop to a refreshed curing therapy. What causes this to happen? As cited below through a few examples, are negative emotional states, physical discomfort, positive emotional states, conflicts with others etc.etc. Most important to remember is that relapse doesn’t mean that the treatment process is a failure or the […]

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ECT- A prompt and effective cu...

It’s a pity that even over 70 years after the first successful demonstration of its efficacy in the treatment of acute mental illnesses like schizophrenia, there is still very little informed public opinion about Electroconvulsive Therapy or ECT. Although, it is a fact that ECT is one of the most effective method for treating severe […]

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Yoga and beating alcoholism

Alcoholism is the dependency on alcohol that has a physiological and psychological impact on a person’s life. According to WHO, about 30% of Indians consume alcohol, out of which 4-13% are daily consumers and up to 50% of these, fall under the category of hazardous drinking. Another worrying trend from India is that the average […]

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Beating Addiction Stigma and S...

Recent Post How to find the best psychiatric hospital in Bangalore? It also provides the facility for family members to stay along with the patient; who gives them a better understanding of the…….. Is Manic Depression Genetic/ Hereditary? A chemical known as serotonin in the brain, has strong affects on an individual’s mood. The abnormalities […]

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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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