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Welcome to Inside Schizophrenia

Inside Schizophrenia is written by medical experts in the field of mental health. We provide articles that we hope will broaden our understanding to how we can manage and help those suffering from the condition. We are offering information and tips to understand what the condition is. Our goal is to make sure that the condition is understood in order to help those suffering from it.

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Tips for Living with Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a difficult thing to deal with. It is debilitating to day to day life, and could mean a lifetime of treatment. For a lot of people with schizophrenia, they are labeled weird, and even became non-functional. If you know someone who is suffering from schizophrenia, there is still hope. Here are some tips to help individuals living with schizophrenia.

Acceptance and proper communication

There is always that gap between schizophrenics and healthy individuals. If you have a loved one who is suffering from the condition, you have to accept them for what they are. It is important to also note that the condition might get worse, or it could improve. Often times, schizophrenia is a chronic condition. Unfortunately, there is no cure for schizophrenia. Medications and other forms of treatments are only meant to keep the symptoms at bay.

One of the most effective means of helping someone with schizophrenia is to learn the proper way to communicate with them. People suffering from the condition may need special communication modalities especially when their symptoms have appeared.

Provide a strong support group

Let’s be honest, schizophrenia is a mental disorder that is quite hard to deal with. A solid support group is needed in order to overcome some of its symptoms. First thing that you need to do is to educate yourself of the condition.

 If you know someone who is diagnosed with schizophrenia, make it a point that everyone surrounding him knows exactly what the condition is. It is also crucial to know different rules that you can follow in interacting with someone suffering from schizophrenia. Having a solid support group can make a huge difference in lessening the stress. They can be there especially in the most difficult times.

Maintain a low stress environment

Schizophrenia is believed to be a combination of different factors. There is always the genetics to blame, but you can always consider environment as a crucial factor in the progression of the condition. In order to minimize episodes and worsening of the symptoms, it is imperative to always maintain a low stress environment.

Be aware of symptoms of schizophrenia

It is also important that you are aware of the symptoms of schizophrenia. There are some manifestations that can be a bit dangerous for the person and others. For instance, hallucinations can lead to suicide. There are instances when patients follow the voices that they hear and hurt themselves. In some situations, they hurt other people because of what the voices told them.

Always be in contact with a physician

There are a lot of things that can easily be misunderstood. It is important that you talk to a physician whenever you have a suspected or a confirmed case of schizophrenia. There are also times when the patient has to be confined in a special health facility. These are some of the things that a physician can evaluate. Medications can also be adjusted every now and then. This will make sure that the patient is not taking too little or too much of these medications.

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    Schizophrenia is a neurobiological disorder. It is one of the most widely known mental illnesses that a lot of people suffer from. There are different theories that explain why people develop the condition. Today, it is accepted that both genetics and environment play a crucial role in developing schizophrenia.

    Unfortunately, schizophrenia has to be managed for a lifetime. The best thing that you can do is to manage the disease and to make sure that both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatments were used. What is it like living with schizophrenia? Here are some realities that you have to understand.

    It is common to have delusions

    Despite all the talk the logical talk, a lot of schizophrenics will experience different types of delusions. This can be problematic because this can lead towards paranoia and could even be a danger to themselves or other people. If you have a loved one with schizophrenia and some associated delusion, it is imperative to always reorient them to what is real.

    Voices in their heads

    Another common experience of people with schizophrenia is dealing with hallucinations. Hallucinations can come in auditory or visual forms. However, it is a more common trend for schizophrenics to experience auditory hallucinations wherein they hear voices.

    As a friend or a relative of someone who has the condition, it is important to tell the person that you can’t hear the voices he or she hears. However, there are instances when you need to inquire what the voices are trying to tell the person. This can help prevent incidences of suicide. It is a common scenario wherein the voices order the person to do activities that can harm them.

    Mood swings

    It is also common for schizophrenia patients to have anger or irritable mood. These mood swings can be disruptive especially to people around them. For these instances, it is a good idea to turn to your physician. It is a common treatment to provide mood stabilizers especially when their mood swings are quite severe.

    Emotional flatness or social withdrawal

    For schizophrenic patients showcasing negative symptoms, a lot of these patients are withdrawing themselves from society and even from their family members. It is a common scenario among these individuals that they don’t prefer to interact with people around them.

    Unlike diabetes and other conditions that can be cured using pharmaceutical options and a few life adjustments, you have to understand that schizophrenia is a bit different. It may become a permanent problem that the person has to deal with. As a family member or friend of a person suffering from schizophrenia, it is important to accept this reality.

  • Doctor office - portrait female physician sit by desk Tips for Living with Schizophrenia October 10, 2016 Posted in: Advice, Uncategorized

    Schizophrenia is a difficult thing to deal with. It is debilitating to day to day life, and could mean a lifetime of treatment. For a lot of people with schizophrenia, they are labeled weird, and even became non-functional. If you know someone who is suffering from schizophrenia, there is still hope. Here are some tips to help individuals living with schizophrenia.

    Acceptance and proper communication

    There is always that gap between schizophrenics and healthy individuals. If you have a loved one who is suffering from the condition, you have to accept them for what they are. It is important to also note that the condition might get worse, or it could improve. Often times, schizophrenia is a chronic condition. Unfortunately, there is no cure for schizophrenia. Medications and other forms of treatments are only meant to keep the symptoms at bay.

    One of the most effective means of helping someone with schizophrenia is to learn the proper way to communicate with them. People suffering from the condition may need special communication modalities especially when their symptoms have appeared.

    Provide a strong support group

    Let’s be honest, schizophrenia is a mental disorder that is quite hard to deal with. A solid support group is needed in order to overcome some of its symptoms. First thing that you need to do is to educate yourself of the condition.

    If you know someone who is diagnosed with schizophrenia, make it a point that everyone surrounding him knows exactly what the condition is. It is also crucial to know different rules that you can follow in interacting with someone suffering from schizophrenia. Having a solid support group can make a huge difference in lessening the stress. They can be there especially in the most difficult times.

    Maintain a low stress environment

    Schizophrenia is believed to be a combination of different factors. There is always the genetics to blame, but you can always consider environment as a crucial factor in the progression of the condition. In order to minimize episodes and worsening of the symptoms, it is imperative to always maintain a low stress environment.

    Be aware of symptoms of schizophrenia

    It is also important that you are aware of the symptoms of schizophrenia. There are some manifestations that can be a bit dangerous for the person and others. For instance, hallucinations can lead to suicide. There are instances when patients follow the voices that they hear and hurt themselves. In some situations, they hurt other people because of what the voices told them.

    Always be in contact with a physician

    There are a lot of things that can easily be misunderstood. It is important that you talk to a physician whenever you have a suspected or a confirmed case of schizophrenia. There are also times when the patient has to be confined in a special health facility. These are some of the things that a physician can evaluate. Medications can also be adjusted every now and then. This will make sure that the patient is not taking too little or too much of these medications.