Schizophrenia is a disease of the brain in which a person experiences hallucinations and delusions. Often a person with schizophrenia will think that they are experiencing situations that nobody else is experiencing and this is because, in effect, they are actually experiencing something that nobody else is experiencing. This is because the experience is entirely in the patient's head. Schizophrenia is often mistaken for multiple personality disorder because they share a few of the same symptoms. This article aims to discuss the various effects of schizophrenia.
Schizophrenia is often very hard to diagnose because it shares symptoms with a number of other mental disorders. Unfortunately if the disease is not treated properly, the effects of schizophrenia can be disastrous both on the person who suffers from it and the people who surround him or her. Because the disease is a progressive one, the effects might be small at first but they will grow over time.
The relationships of the schizophrenic will suffer because people on the outside of the disease do not always understand how the disease works. Relationships often fade leaving the schizophrenic to withdraw further from society and he or she will often isolate him or herself. This is especially true of the paranoid schizophrenic who can become suspicious even of their family and friends.
Another one of the effects of schizophrenia is the deterioration of the schizophrenic's every day and work life. This is partly because someone with schizophrenia often has trouble keeping personal relationships going, and partly because the schizophrenic often has disorganized behaviours. This disorganization can make it difficult for him or her to do even the simplest of normal tasks like eating, driving, walking or even bathing.
This deterioration of personal relationships and the inability to carry on with his or her everyday activities can be devastating to a person suffering from schizophrenia, especially if the disease has not been diagnosed or was diagnosed improperly. Schizophrenics depend on help from others to make sure that they stay on their medication and go to their therapy appointments and this is when the disease has been properly diagnosed. A misdiagnosis means that not only is the schizophrenic alienating the people in his or her life, an effect of the disease that is beyond his or her control, but he or she isn't going to understand exactly why functioning properly is suddenly so hard. This can lead to extreme feelings of depression. People with schizophrenia also have higher suicide rates. Schizophrenics are more likely to suffer from alcoholism and drug problems as well.
Schizophrenics are likely to self medicate using alcohol and drugs, which usually only exacerbate their symptoms. Instead of curing the problem, they end up making the problem far worse, which is one of the most devastating effects of schizophrenia.
It is important for schizophrenia to be diagnosed properly or the effects could be disastrous. As it is, the effects of properly diagnosed schizophrenia can be very severe, but it is better than a wrong diagnosis or leaving the condition untreat
Signs of Schizophrenia Tip #1
Schizophrenia is not the same thing as having multiple personality disorder. In multiple personality disorder a person has a number of independent identities that all share one host body. Typically one of the personalities is dominant and the others exist under the surface. With Schizophrenia, there could be independent personalities but the person suffering from the disease believes that these identities exist outside of him or herself.
Signs of Schizophrenia Tip #2
There are different types of schizophrenia. The most widely known is that of paranoid schizophrenia in which the schizophrenic believes that there are people who are out to "get" him (or her). Commonly the patient associates himself with an elite group and believes that it is his membership with that group that has made him a target of others.
Signs of Schizophrenia Tip #3
Schizophrenia is normally treated with anti-psychotic drugs. There are new drugs being developed all the time. Other treatments include Electro Convulsive Therapy in which the patient is driven to convulsions by receiving a series of shocks to the brain. This treatment is thought to fix the electrochemical balance of the brain.