Monday, 22 January 2018


What is Schizophrenia
Classified as Psychosis, Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. In this person cannot tell what is real what is not. Person loses the sense of reality. People with schizophrenia may hear internal voices not heard by others or may see things that are not really there. To the person the world may seem like a web of confusing thoughts, images, and sounds. Sickness may come in episodes. It can be sudden and severe. Some touch with reality may remain and person can live normal life to some extent. Some may suffer to become completely incapable of living independent normal life. It is different from Split Personality. Though anyone can get Schizophrenia, it is more common in 20's and 30's.

Symptoms of Schizophrenia
•    Seeing, hearing, feeling or smelling things that are not real called hallucinations
•    Having strange beliefs that are not based on facts or logic called delusions
•    Thinking in a confused way
•    Shifting quickly from one thought to the next
•    Having emotions, thoughts and moods not corresponding with events
•    Difficulty speaking
•    Disorganized behavior
•    Loss of motivation
•    Memory problems
•    Neglect of personal hygiene
•    Lack of emotions
•    Loss of interest in work
•    Have a lot of and abnormal kind of energy
•    Becoming catatonic in which the body becomes rigid
•    Talk in sentences that do not make sense
•    Living in isolation from family, friends and the outside world
•    Be unable to function in school or work
•    Lose interest in life and life activities
•    Behave in strange ways
•    Be very sad (depressed) or have mood swings
•    Have dulled emotions
 Types of Schizophrenia
Paranoid schizophrenia is common type of schizophrenia. In this type, the person feels about being persecuted or being punished by someone. Other types of schizophrenia include catatonic schizophrenia and disorganized schizophrenia.

 Causes of Schizophrenia
- Genetics may play a role
- Chemical imbalance in brain like dopamine
- Life stressors
- Psychotropic substances
- Disturbance in intestinal flora
Risk factors of Schizophrenia
•       Family history
•       Stressful life
•       Exposure to viruses and toxins

Complications of Schizophrenia
•       Suicide
•       Family conflicts
•       Difficulty in doing work
•       Self-injury
•       Depression
•       Health problems
•       Heart disease

Diagnosis of Schizophrenia
There is no laboratory test for schizophrenia. Diagnosis is made by clinically examining the Person’s family history, Emotional history, symptoms and Presence of other disorders.

Precautions & Prevention of Schizophrenia
Early treatment may help get symptoms under control.
Treatment of Schizophrenia
-       Homeopathic Treatment of Schizophrenia
Homeopathy is one of the most safe and effective treatment of all psychiatric disorders and psychoemotional complaints. It creates calm mind and creates better alertness and connect with reality. It helps in reorganizing personality into one that is healthy and socially compatible. Homeopathic medicines for schizophrenia treatment can be used to treat various symptoms of schizophrenia. They improve intellectual and emotional state along with behavior. Homeopathic treatment helps to stimulate the body's own defense mechanism and healing powers to restore the person's balance, mentally, emotionally and physically. Homeopathic treatment is constitutional and medicines are selected by making complete clinical assessment and history of sickness. Every person is unique and would require a tailor-made treatment under careful observation of expert homeopathic doctor. Following are some homeopathic remedies that can be used for treatment of schizophrenia are:
-      Anac
-      Bell
-      Nux V
-      Hyos
-      Stram
-      Verat

-       Acupuncture and Acupressure Treatment of Schizophrenia
Acupuncture has good reputation of treating psychological disorders. Acupuncture normalizes levels of neurotransmitters involved in sleep and schizophrenia. In acupuncture therapist will first diagnose the case on the basis of energy system or chi blockage as well as on the basis of status of five elements. On this basis certain disease specific acupoints are selected and stimulated.
-       Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy Treatment of Schizophrenia
Psychotherapy Treatment of schizophrenia provides support and education regarding the nature of the illness, promotes adaptive activities. There are various types of psychotherapies such as Cognitive therapy, psycho-education, and family therapy. With the help of psychotherapy, patients learn to operate in the society. Hypnotherapy is safe and quick treatment of deep seated psychological issues and barriers.

-       Conventional / Allopathic Treatment of Schizophrenia
Allopathic treatment helps to control all the positive symptoms of the disorder. The most frequently used antipsychotics are the older dopamine receptor antagonists and the newer serotonin dopamine antagonists. They help to improve the patient's ability to interact with others.

-       Surgical Treatment of Schizophrenia
In surgical treatment of schizophrenia, lobotomy and other coarse surgical procedures are used to disconnect the frontal lobes from the rest of the brain. These surgical procedures used to control agitated behaviors or to treat distressing persistent symptoms.

-       Dietary & Herbal Treatment of Schizophrenia
•       Eat diet rich in Casein such as cow's cheese and milk
•       Eat diet rich in Gluten such as grains and especially common wheat

-       Other Treatment of Schizophrenia
Breathing exercise and yoga may help reduce stress in schizophrenic patients.


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