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Paranoid Schizophrenia

Paranoid Schizophrenia

Paranoid Schizophrenia is a kind of schizophrenia that causes a high degree of hallucinations, visualizations, delusions that can seem very real to the individual suffering from them. People diagnosed with paranoia are heavily suspicious of other people. This condition can cause adverse effects in their life in terms of their job responsibility, relationships, etc. Thus, if this is left untreated it can lead to dysfunction of their daily life activities. Though the disorder is not curable, still you can find a way to help in the ways of managing it.

People with paranoia aren’t violent, but the symptoms of paranoid delusions make them feel angry and threatened. This can cause the family or romantic relationships of the individual to become severely strained. Hence the treatment protocol must involve group or family therapy as well. 

Schizophrenia recovery is possible with treatment that can help manage symptoms, and help patients live and work independently, and build satisfying relationships. Apart from medication, psychosocial treatment is also very important. For such treatment to work well, the trust factor between a patient and the mental health care profession is crucial as the patient needs to be hopeful about the recovery. Inpatient rehab facilities are apt for such treatments, as it is a stable and relaxing environment where all the medication and possible therapies are provided under one roof. It helps the mental health professional or the doctor to constantly monitor the patient’s condition.

At Cadabam’s world-class rehab facility, professionals curate a  comprehensive and innovative residential treatment program designed to address Schizophrenia. Each treatment program is personalized as per the individual needs and expectations. This encourages the patients to have a contributing engagement in their recovery process.

Cadabams’ broad-spectrum assessments and evaluation processes are what makes it one of the finest and best schizophrenia treatment centres in India. Our clinicians use this information to design comprehensive and thoughtful treatment plans for the best possible outcome. Each plan offers individual psychotherapy and therapy groups in order to understand and heal the patient’s psychological and physical state.

Causes of Paranoid Schizophrenia

Research findings are still unclear as to what exactly can cause paranoid schizophrenia, but the experts believe the dysfunction of the brain plays the biggest role in the cause for the onset of the symptoms of this paranoia. Some of the other common causes of this disorder may be-

  • A family history of psychosis
  • Can be due to fetal malnutrition
  • Due to stress in the early childhood
  • Because of physical or sexual abuse
  • Using psychoactive drugs in adolescence
  • Can be due to exposure to viral infections inside the womb
  • Maybe due to low oxygen levels at the time of birth
  • Due to abnormalities in the brain
  • Loss or separation of parents in early childhood.

Symptoms of Paranoid Schizophrenia

The person battling with paranoid schizophrenia shows the underlying symptoms like-

  • Being Emotionally isolated
  • Suicidal behaviors and thoughts
  • Being Agitated and has severe anxiety issues
  • Difficulty in thinking
  • Disorganized speech and behaviors
  • Delusions and hallucinations.

Paranoid Schizophrenia Treatment Options

Since there is no cure for paranoid schizophrenia, it is required that the person suffering from this disorder should have a commitment and mind to manage this. To help the person manage the symptoms, antipsychotic medications along with a range of therapeutic sessions may be prescribed such as Individual Psychotherapy, Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), family, group therapy, electro convulsive therapy (ECT), counseling sessions and more. ‘

Individual psychotherapy

In this form of treatment, the therapist helps the patient understand their symptoms and thought patterns in detail. The therapist helps the patient develop mental models and processes to deal with the stress and anxiety caused by these symptoms. 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT refers to the reprogramming of the person’s thought processes from negative loops to more positive and rational behaviour. This is integral to reintegrate the patient back into society and to help them form meaningful relationships. 

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

This is used as a last resort if no other therapies or medications are found effective. ECT helps in the regulation of neurotransmitters and this helps to manage the symptoms associated with Schizophrenia such as delusions and hallucinations.

Family Therapy 

Schizophrenia affects not only the patient but also the patient’s family as the patient may be highly suspicious and distrusting and in some cases even aggressive. In such a scenario, it is essential that the family and guardians of the patients are also counselled on how to deal with certain scenarios and conflict that may arise. 

Why Cadabams for Paranoid Schizophrenia treatment? 

Living with schizophrenia can be quite tough. At Cadabams, we aim to help people get an early and speedy diagnosis for a better and healthy life. Our expert team of psychiatrists are the best in the country and hold two decades of experience in treating the most complex cases of schizophrenia.

Supportive Care: The hallmark of treatment at Cadabams:

  • Psychosocial Rehab – Aimed at reintegrating patients back into society to find purpose and dignity.
  • Developing awareness and understanding – Awareness about various aspects, such as causes and treatment of schizophrenia\
  • Specific treatment goals – Milestone based treatment plans to keep patients motivated
  • Support help groups – Sharing individual experiences with a group of similar people
  • Stress management and relaxation techniques – Relaxation techniques such as yoga and meditation may help

Paranoid Schizophrenia FAQs

What are the subtypes of schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia has the following subtypes.

  • Paranoid schizophrenia – It is characterized by feelings of grandiosity, suspicion for others, persecution or a combination of them.
  • Disorganized schizophrenia – People with disorganized schizophrenia tend to have incoherent thoughts, which may not be delusional.
  • Catatonic schizophrenia – This is marked by isolation, withdrawal and psychomotor disturbances.
  • Residual schizophrenia – The patient may lose motivation or interest in life although delusions and hallucinations may not be present.
  • Schizoaffective disorder – symptoms of major mood disorder and schizophrenia may be present along with depression.

Cadabams is among the best schizophrenia treatment centers, where all of these mood disorders and schizophrenic symptoms can be treated and managed. Reach out to us for a diagnosis if you suspect schizophrenia symptoms.

What is schizophrenia? How can I tell if someone has schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is a mental disorder which disrupts the thought process, emotions and behaviour of a person. Symptoms like delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech, agitation, lack of drive or initiative, social withdrawal, apathy, emotional unresponsiveness or lack of emotional expression – are a clear indication that someone might have schizophrenia and needs medical attention.

Can someone with schizophrenia live a normal life? 

It cannot be cured completely but it’s symptoms are treatable and manageable with medications, self-help and counselling therapies. There are also various schizophrenia rehabilitation centres which provide residential facilities to treat the condition. Schizophrenics can keep their symptoms at bay through treatment and can live a meaning and functional life in society.