Signs and Symptoms of Schizophrenia
- Delusions not based in reality
- Bizarre behaviors which may mimic intoxication or mania
- Disorganized non-patterned speech
- Lack of interest or cognitive functioning and decreased emotional expression, may appear “out of it”
Treatment is available for this disorder. First, I highly recommend education on this disorder as many times when the word schizophrenia is mentioned ones picture Charles Manson or other psychopathic killers. There is also group therapy, in some acute or severe cases it is recommended, to prevent harm to self or others, a hospitalization or admittance to a day-care facility or an extended care outpatient facility.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health there is approximately 2.4 million American’s who suffer from schizophrenia. With so many sufferers of this disorder, it is realistic to note that either a family member or friend may be diagnosed with or become friends with a person who suffers from this disorder in his or her lifetime. There are several active support groups to help and assist caregivers to persons with this disorder. With this type of disorder support is highly recommended.
Society has for decades isolated and discriminated against persons who suffer from schizophrenia in particular, but a host of other disorders that we have opened to discussion this week are also seen formerly in a disdainful light. In times past, these persons were confined to psychiatric facilities and cast away like an old sock. While this disorder is serious and can cause dangerous episodes if not properly treated, it can be treated and effectively managed. If we are to change and improve ourselves we must do more than refine our bodies, take greater care to improve our diets, we also must expand our mental health and wellness and become healthy there too. Until next time – good physical and mental health to you!