In medical terms, schizophrenia is a psychotic disorder, whereby the patient can’t tell what is real from what is not. They can’t tell their own intense thoughts, ideas and perceptions from reality.
About one in every hundred people is diagnosed with schizophrenia and everyone diagnosed with schizophrenia will have a different experience of the symptoms.
If you are suffering from schizophrenia you are likely to show significant changes in your behaviour. Sometimes this happens over a period of time, for others it happens quite suddenly. You may become anxious, confused and suspicious of those around you, especially those who don’t agree with you perceptions. You may not believe you have anything wrong with you and believe that others are incorrect when they say you need help.
There is an untrue yet common belief that schizophrenia means “split personality” or mean that a person swings from being quite normal to becoming out of control; that the person is dangerous or will commit violent crimes or that people that hear voices are dangerous. In fact in many cases a person is more likely to harm themself than others.
Symptoms include: thoughts and ideas that appear jumbled and make little sense to those around you, conversations may be difficult and you may feel isolated or alone, you may see or smell things that others don’t, you may hear voices and sounds that others don’t, voices may be critical or friendly, they may tell you to do things. Delusions, like believing you are being followed by secret agents or that outside forces are controlling your mind, generally beliefs or experiences that are not in line with general reality causing paranoia. Other symptoms include lack of emotional responses or thoughts, emotional flatness, inability to concentrate, wanting to avoid people and isolate or to be protected by others.
According to research approximately 4% of the population hear voices, for most people this does not present a problem and is not associated with schizophrenia.
There are different types of schizophrenia, the most common being paranoid schizophrenia or if you have only some of the symptoms you may have borderline schizophrenia.
Studies and individual accounts suggest that very stressful or life changing events may cause schizophrenia to be triggered. Isolation from others is also linked to schizophrenia and other mental health issues. Some people may develop symptoms as a result of using cannabis or other street drugs and it is also recognized that if you have schizophrenia using drugs like cannabis, cocaine and amphetamines can make symptoms worse.
Alcohol may also limit how successfully medicines can treat the symptoms of schizophrenia.
Cortijo Care are here to help.
Treatment at Cortijo Care is set up to help anyone who may be suffering from schizophrenia and other mental health issues.
Our Rehabilitation programme treats the psychological issues surrounding the mental health problem, enabling clients to learn how to cope with life, learning how to handle emotions and anxieties in a safe place.
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