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Schizophrenia is a long-term mental disease with a wide range of psychological symptoms that develop mostly during adulthood or adolescence. It’s not a very common disease as around 1% of the world population is known to be diagnosed with it. Although the exact cause is unknown, factors such as genetics, brain development,pregnancy and birth complications play a significant role. External triggers, such as stress can also increase the risk of the disorder.
Schizophrenia mostly affects people from their late teens to their early 30s. Men tend to have it slightly earlier than women. Sometimes, it may be difficult to find out if you’re suffering from it, because the symptoms may not look like illness. Caregivers and family have a large role to play in helping the afflicted seek timely treatment.
Schizophrenia is a disorder that can continue throughout your life, however, with the right treatment it can be managed.
Here are the different treatment paths we take at Cadabams:
Psychosocial Interventions – We utilise the power of therapy to help you recover. The different psychosocial interventions we opt for are:
Psychotherapy – Developing positive thought patterns and increasing awareness about the disorder
Family therapy – Entrusting a caregiver to a family to take care of people with the disorder
Individual therapy – Teaching people to deal with anxiety and panic attacks
Social skills training – Aimed at improving social interactions and communication
Supported employment, vocational training, and rehabilitation – Helping them lead a normal life by finding a house and a job
Electroconvulsive therapy – For those who don’t react well to medication and psychosocial interventions
Medications – Medications, also known as antipsychotics, are usually prescribed in case of schizophrenia.
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.
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
At Cadabams, we provide clean, modern, fully furnished accommodations with all the necessary creature comforts.
Kitchen and dining hall, laundry facilities, indoor games area, yoga and meditation hall, outdoor games area for cricket, badminton, Round the clock counsellor support, 24×7 ambulance on demand.
Our everyday menu is curated by Dieticians aimed at providing healthy and nutritious and tasty meals to satisfy everyone’s palate.
Recreation facilities such as TV, sports, gym, picnics and outings and more.
It’s not known as to what causes schizophrenia, but experts believe that a combination of brain chemistry, chemical imbalance in the brain, genetics, family relationships and environmental conditions contribute to the development of this disorder.
Certain issues with brain chemicals may develop the illness. Many research studies show the differences in the structure of the brain and the central nervous system (CNS) of the people with schizophrenia.
While some researchers are not certain about the importance of the changes as they indicate that it is a brain-related disease.
Signs and symptoms of schizophrenia vary from person to person, depending on the individuals. The early symptoms of schizophrenia include –
Schizophrenic people can exhibit signs of reduced physical or mental activity by sitting in one place and doing nothing for hours. On the other hand, they can exhibit signs of a high level of excitement by shouting, talking fast and acting in a violent manner.
The extreme symptoms of schizophrenia can be classified into three categories:
Negative symptoms for schizophrenic people also include apathy, appearing completely indifferent to things going on around them and showing no interest in taking part. They may spend all day doing nothing to the degree that they may even neglect personal hygiene.
The symptoms of schizophrenia are numerous and can mimic other mental health challenges, such as depression and bipolar disorder. There is no litmus test for diagnosing schizophrenia; only a psychiatrist can correctly diagnose and treat it.
Schizophrenia, if left untreated, can lead to severe health issues that can affect all the areas of life. Some of the complications or effects which schizophrenia can cause include: