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What is Schizophrenia?
Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that is characterized by symptoms including distorted thoughts, hallucinations, and feelings of fright and paranoia. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 1% of the American population is diagnosed with schizophrenia. People with schizophrenia vary widely in their behavior as they struggle with an illness beyond their control. In active stages, those affected may ramble in illogical sentences or react with uncontrolled anger or violence to a perceived threat. People with schizophrenia may also experience relatively passive phases of the illness in which they seem to lack personality, movement, and emotion (also called a flat affect). People with schizophrenia may alternate in these extremes. Their behavior may or may not be predictable.
Noticeable behavior changes might include the following:
∑ Social withdrawal
∑ Depersonalization (a sense of being unreal, hazy and in a dreamlike state), sometimes accompanied by intense anxiety
∑ Loss of appetite
∑ Loss of hygiene
∑ Hallucinations (hearing or seeing things that aren't there)
∑ The sense of being controlled by outside forces
∑ Disorganized speech
It is important to note that a person with schizophrenia may not have any outward appearance of being ill. In other cases, the illness may be more apparent, causing bizarre behaviors. For example, a person with schizophrenia may wear aluminum foil in the belief that it will stop one's thoughts from being broadcast and protect against malicious waves entering the brain.
Treatment & Care
Schizophrenia treatment involves medications and therapy to reduce the risk of future psychotic episodes and improve relationships. Counseling Connections & Associates prescribing practitioners can evaluate you for possible medication options.
CC&A's therapists can assist people in developing social and work skills to improve their lives and relationships. This involves regular sessions between the patient and a therapist focused on past or current problems, thoughts, feelings, or relationships. Thus, via contact with a trained professional, people with schizophrenia become able to understand more about the illness, to learn about themselves and to better handle the problems of their daily lives. They become better able to differentiate between what is real and, by contrast, what is not and can acquire beneficial problem-solving skills.