Friday, June 24, 2011

Dreamland: Is it Schizophrenia

A lot of people diagnosed with schizophrenia are not able to understand they have the disorder because of a part of the brain which gives thought. There is destruction of cognition and emotion, language, thought, perception, a sense of self and hallucinations of normal events, including false beliefs (delusions). There are positive and negative symptoms. Positive symptoms reflect a distortion of normal functions; negative symptoms reflect a loss of normal functions.
Anti-psychotic medications are traditional in the treatment of schizophrenia’s positive symptoms, producing side effects closely to that of negative symptoms which may be; loss of interest, pleasure, sleep disturbance, eating, different mood swings and difficulty in concentrating or with attention. There are as I understand 6 different types of schizophrenia (not listed).
Anti-psychotics can take weeks even months to begin working, “patience” is the key along with hope for a person’s life to become easier. In Recovery patience is emphasized with every consumer or client involved with mental health, “miracles don’t happen overnight”. When you have the right medication the symptoms may or may not go away, yet there are many people who choose to live with the symptoms rather than go through life using medications.
The illness and many of the medications used to treat it can make a person feel tired or slow witted. You will want to sleep more than you think, and it may be wrong to try and to live your once normal life again too soon. Recovering from schizophrenia is recovering from an illness. Have goals for yourself and find a routine that you enjoy. Don't expect too much of yourself while you are recovering in the way of socializing, and know if others are forcing you "get back into the world" – find the time and support you need.
This information is taken from: Schizophrenia
Donald Sammons

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