Psychological revelation behin...

Folie à Famille translated ‘a folly of family’, the term talks about a shared psychotic disorder among a group of family members as opposed to shared between two people (folie à deux). This is a rare condition because of which effective treatments have not been well-established. However, last week we saw an incident in Delhi […]

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Are You Feeling Suicidal? How ...

Wanting to overcome suicidal thoughts? Firstly, the thought to overcome the suicidal thoughts itself is a sign of positivity. You may think feeling suicidal is a sign of permanent weakness and flew. Actually, it isn’t, feeling suicidal is just a temporary negative mindset that makes you experience intense sadness. During this intense episode majority of […]

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How to Help Someone with Drug ...

Want to help someone with Drug and Alcohol Addiction? A relative, a dear friend, a sibling, a co-worker? Early drug and alcohol abuse education is one of the best ways to start with. Everyone involved needs to be educated, from parents and educators to children and adults. Each needs to know the risks of altered […]

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Depression is an Illness, Not ...

For as long as health professionals can remember, our country has developed a negative stigma towards depression illness. People suffering from depression tend to suffer in silence, or not seek the appropriate treatment because of the shame associated with admitting they have a mental illness. Currently, people diagnosed with depression illness are viewed as broken, […]

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Psychosis: Symptoms, Causes, a...

A study estimated that 1 in 13 people may experience a psychotic episode. Are you aware of psychosis? If you aren’t aware of it, this blog helps you with the information on the risk of Psychosis: Symptoms, Causes, and Risk Factors. Psychosis? When an individual is out of touch with reality it is known as […]

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Staying cool helps, guilt-feeling by family no panacea to a schizophrenia patient

Your-Son2Very seldom the pain and agony being experienced by a schizophrenic patient in a family only stays with him or her. It impacts other healthy members staying with the patient as well, mentally, psychologically and physically. And, the worst manifestation of it all is a feeling of guilt that further compounds the problem for the patient and his close family members, who also happen to be the main care-givers.

Shame & blame syndrome

The guilt feeling and a deep sense of shame following it often are the result of a typical shame and blame syndrome. As a close and dear one suffers rights in front of their eyes others family members watch helplessly. A sense of guilt slowly starts creeping in amid an overwhelming realisation: perhaps they are only to be blamed for the situation and could have avoided letting things come to such a pass.

No need for guilt feeling!

The fact of the matter, however, is scientists and psychiatrists are yet to identify the root cause of the disease, one reason why mental health doctors still rely heavily on symptoms to diagnose and treat a patient suffering from schizophrenia. On the face of it, thus, the sense of guilt among the family members may appear irrational but it is something that be better discouraged for the larger good of patient and the entire family.

Family critical to cure

No wonder, the modern mental healthcare stresses on maximum involvement of close family members to speed up the cure process. So, along with patients family members are also involved in counselling sessions and treatment process. It is said that the real treatment of a schizophrenic patient starts only after he or she has been handed over to the family by the doctor after initial treatment in a hospital.

Be prepared

It thus becomes of paramount importance that family members remain mentally and physically active and well prepared to respond to any exigencies, if the situation so arises. This becomes further imperative because of the typical nature of the mental disease that is often marked by breakdown of thought process, bouts of irrational behaviour, delusion and sense of utter mental chaos and isolation.

Learn coping skills

This brings us to the next important issue of helping family members learn coping skills and strategies to properly take care of their schizophrenic dear one, who banks of them during the treatment and recovery phases. Family members can approach a therapist to learn the coping and strategic skills. They can learn to make sure that the patient sticks to the treatment regimen. Keeping handy a list of emergency and other important contact numbers of outpatient and family service providers is always helpful.

Family-patient bonding

Any improvement in the condition of a schizophrenic person has a great bearing on stronger family-patient bonding. A closely-knit family is better placed to understand the difficulties being faced by patient and hence in a far better position to effectively address his or her mental health issues. This is something too much to expect from an outsider, non-family member. Family members are in close contact with their father, brother, mother, brother or child patients and hence in a better position to keep track of any negative symptomatic behaviour and intervene as and when required.

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