Debunking Common Myths About Schizophrenia: Expert Insights

Schizophrenia is a mental disorder which affects the body and mind as well. It affects the ability to think, feel, and behave
Schizophrenia is a mental disorder which affects the body and mind as well. It affects the ability to think, feel, and behave. (Representational Image: Pixabay)
Schizophrenia is a mental disorder which affects the body and mind as well. It affects the ability to think, feel, and behave. (Representational Image: Pixabay)

Schizophrenia is a mental disorder which affects the body and mind as well. It affects the ability to think, feel, and behave. It impacts the ability to realize the symptoms of the disorder. Likewise, it has a bad influence on the body and mental health as it's a psychiatric condition. Not only that, but it isolates you from reality by hallucinations and delusions. It also disrupts your feelings and thoughts that lead you to risks like injuries. Schizophrenia itself isn’t a deadly condition. But its effects can lead to dangerous or harmful behaviors.

Cause:
There is no single reason, the exact causes of schizophrenia are unknown. Research shows that several factors trigger schizophrenia, such as: 

○ Physical
○ Psychological
○ Environmental
○ Genetic
○ Emotional

Symptoms:

○ Delusions
○ Hallucinations
○ Disordered thinking and speech
○ beings introvert
○ Confused
○ Abnormal behavior
○ Expression less

There is no single reason, the exact causes of schizophrenia are unknown. Research shows that several factors trigger schizophrenia. (Representational Image: Pixabay)
There is no single reason, the exact causes of schizophrenia are unknown. Research shows that several factors trigger schizophrenia. (Representational Image: Pixabay)

Diagnosis:

Schizophrenia does not have any specific test for diagnosis. The doctor may recommend some tests for checking out other problems that could cause similar symptoms, like MRI and CT scans. If the diagnosis is certain for schizophrenia, then a mental check-up is the last diagnosis stage.

Treatment:

Schizophrenia is treated by a combination of therapy and medication. Here are some:

○ Medication
○ Psychosocial interventions
○ Electroconvulsive therapy
○ Antipsychotics
○ Psychotherapy

Prevention:

As there is no definite cause of schizophrenia. So, there is no prevention method for it.

Behind the Curtains with Dr. Vivek Vishal, Neuropsychiatrist, Managing Director of Hitaishi Happiness Home

Q

Sabrin Saba Hussain: Dr. Vishal, I heard that schizophrenia patients are violent. Is this true or a myth?

A

Dr. Vivek Vishal: Schizophrenia is often misunderstood, and there are many myths about it, including the idea that individuals with schizophrenia are inherently violent. It's a myth that most people with schizophrenia are violent. Research indicates that they are more likely to be victims rather than perpetrators of violence. Some studies suggest that there is a slightly increased risk of violent behavior in individuals with schizophrenia compared to the general population, but this is often related to factors such as substance abuse or non-adherence to treatment.

Q

Sabrin Saba Hussain: How dangerous is this disorder for patients as well as those who live with them?

A

Dr. Vivek Vishal: For patients, schizophrenia can be debilitating, affecting their ability to think clearly, manage emotions, make decisions, and relate to others. Physically, patients may be at higher risk for issues like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity, partly due to side effects of antipsychotic medications and lifestyle factors. For those living with someone who has schizophrenia, the impact can include emotional stress and the need to manage challenging behaviors, but with proper support and treatment, these challenges can be managed.

Q

Sabrin Saba Hussain: Can this be cured? I've read many articles stating that it's incurable. Is this true or just a rumor?

A

Dr. Vivek Vishal: Schizophrenia is generally considered a chronic condition that isn't curable, but it is treatable. With proper medical treatment, including antipsychotic medications and psychotherapy, many individuals can lead fulfilling lives. Early intervention and a strong support system can significantly improve outcomes for patients. Given the complexity of schizophrenia and its treatment, it's essential to consult with medical professionals who specialize in mental health.

MedBound Times expresses sincere gratitude to Dr. Vivek Vishal for sharing his valuable insights on our platform.

By Sabrin Saba Hussain

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