SCHIZOPHRENIA `THE MONSTER ON THE INSIDE’.

0
159
People silhouettes, adult and child. Vector ilustration.

Many destinies had been cut short, dreams aborted, passions lost and lives deranged if not terminated due to the compelling negative impacts of schizophrenia on the lives of many Nigerians mostly the students of which the medics suffer most.
This global monster affects average teenager from the age of Sixteen to late thirties the males being most susceptible than their female counterparts.
It is a psychiatric disorder characterized by continuous or relapsing episodes of psychosis.

It makes you behave strangely and to believe things that are not true. You’re mostly hunted by hallucination (typically hearing voices), delusion and disorganized thinking. Schizophrenia make you believe that someone is after your life even when all your enemies had gone on long term holidays. While in this condition, you are meant to battle with unrealistic memories of either someone trying to stab you, Pierce your heart, annihilate or drown you and many other hurtful thoughts.

Consequently, you’re forced to accept self isolation as the safest hobby and you’re wrong.

There is no objective diagnostic test for schizophrenia rather, most diagnosis are based on observed behaviours, a history that includes the persons reported experiences and reports of others familiar with the person.

To be diagnosed with schizophrenia, symptoms and functional impairment need to be present for six months. Usually, many people with schizophrenia have other mental disorders that often includes an anxiety disorder,such as panic, an obsessive – compulsive disorder etc. About 0.3%-0.7% of people are affected by schizophrenia during their life time.

Schizophrenia results from genetic and environmental factors such as infection, poor nutrition during pregnancy,ages of person’s mother or father, being raised in a City and cannabis use during adolescence. About half of those diagnosed with schizophrenia will have a significant improvement over the long term with no further relapse and a small proportion of this will recover completely. The other half will have a life long impairment and

isolation as the safest hobby and you’re wrong.

There is no objective diagnostic test for schizophrenia rather, most diagnosis are based on observed behaviours, a history that includes the persons reported experiences and reports of others familiar with the person. To be diagnosed with schizophrenia, symptoms and functional impairment need to be present for six months. Usually, many people with schizophrenia have other mental disorders that often includes an anxiety disorder,such as panic, an obsessive – compulsive disorder etc.

About 0.3%-0.7% of people are affected by schizophrenia during their life time.
Schizophrenia results from genetic and environmental factors such as infection, poor nutrition during pregnancy,ages of person’s mother or father, being raised in a City and cannabis use during adolescence. About half of those diagnosed with schizophrenia will have a significant improvement over the long term with no further relapse and a small proportion of this will recover completely. The other half will have a life long impairment and severe cases may be repeatedly admitted to hospital.

Consequence of schizophrenia includes social problems such as long – term unemployment, poverty, homelessness, exploitation and victimization. People with schizophrenia have higher suicide rate compared to general population.

Schizophrenic patients are better managed with antipsychotics, anti – tremor medications and counselling. Treatment is usually lifelong. Support group, rehabilitation, cognitive therapies, psychoeducation, family therapy, behavioural therapy and group psychotherapy are also usually effective. However, teaching schizophrenic patients how to deal with their thoughts and behaviour (individually psychotherapy),

how to better recognize social cues or triggers and how to improve their attention, memory and ability to organize their thoughts (cognitive enhancement therapy) can go a long way in relieving the condition. Some antipsychotics used in improving the condition of schizophrenia which other wise in some cases may cause weight gain, high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) and high cholesterol levels but which can be managed by changing nutrition coupled with adequate excercise includes; Arpiprazole, Asenaphine, cariprazine, chlorpromazin etc. You need doctor’s directive and monitoring in order to use those drugs.

those drugs.

  1. In all, schizophrenia is not a death sentence. Proper evaluation of behaviours and personal responsibility towards right mentality and jettisoning of untrue feelings under committed supervision of a confidant is a key to rapid improvement and recovery.Don’t let your feelings kill you rather, kill every feelings that wants to kill you. ThanksObasi kelechukwu Solomon,MBBS UNIBEN.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here