Schizophrenia is a chronic, disabling brain disorder affecting about 1% of Americans. People with the disorder may hear voices other people have a certain level of paranoia and therefore have difficulty holding a job or caring for themselves.

Positive Symptoms

People with positive symptoms often “lose touch” with reality. These symptoms can come and go. Sometimes they are severe and at other times hardly noticeable.

Negative symptoms

Negative symptoms are associated with disruptions to normal emotions such as the “Flat affect” (a person’s face does not move or he or she talks in a dull or monotonous voice).

Hallucinations are things a person sees, hears, smells, or feels that no one else can. “Voices” are the most common type of hallucination in schizophrenia.

Delusions are false beliefs that are not part of the person’s culture and do not change. The person believes delusions even after other people prove that the beliefs are not true or logical.

Thought disorders are unusual or dysfunctional ways of thinking.

Movement disorders may appear as agitated body movements. A person with a movement disorder may repeat certain motions over and over.

Psychosocial Treatments

Self-help groups Self-help groups for people with schizophrenia and their families are becoming more common. Professional therapists usually are not involved, but group members support and comfort each other.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or focusing on thinking and behavior. CBT helps patients with symptoms that do not go away even when they take medication.

Rehabilitation emphasizes social and vocational training to help people with schizophrenia function better in their communities.[2]

 

Caregivers

You are not alone!  Check out Schizophrenia24/7.com to watch videos of caregivers sharing their experiences of loving someone with schizophrenia.

Reach out to your VHcS physician today and begin the journey of helping your loved ones get the treatments they need to live a happy, healthy life.

 

[1] redorbit.com

[2] Nimh.gov


Jennifer Bell

Jennifer Bell has managed many specialty areas of healthcare including, kidney transplant, physical therapy and surgery. She combines her expertise in patient relations with her love of writing to bring awareness of health related issues. In her blog, Dreamlife Moments, she writes about mindfulness of time and recognizing more of the positive moments happening around us every day that creates a more positive life experience. Jennifer and her husband Byron are recent empty-nesters who enjoy traveling with their bichon Aissa, geocaching and volunteering wherever they go. Who is this chickie anyway? Connect with Jennifer on her Facebook Page, Blog and Twitter to find out more.