Schizophrenia is a challenging, complex and serious psychiatric disorder that hurts people. Although the symptoms of schizophrenia vary from patient to patient, these symptoms generally include deteriorations in psychosocial functionality, disorganized behaviors, hallucinations, delusions, irregular affect. In the majority of the cases encountered, the disorder generally progresses sneakily.
Pharmacological treatment in schizophrenia has effects on symptoms such as hallucinations, deliriums, aggressiveness, lack of attention and desire, emotional blunting, decrease in self-care. Nevertheless, a supportive psychosocial intervention is needed for complaints regarding social relations.
The 64-year-old patient had been monitored for 27 years under the diagnosis of schizophrenia. According to his medical story, it was understood that he had an epileptic seizure 27 years ago. A QEEC was taken. A setback was detected in his bioelectrical activities. Other than that, no bioelectrical psychiatric profiles were observed.
If it is a severe case of schizophrenia, the patient has to be admitted to hospital. This will ensure that the patient is under the supervision of experienced staff, is diagnosed properly and the most appropriate treatment is determined and commenced.
Although the use of neuroleptics yields good results in the treatment of schizophrenia, there are many non-pharmacological treatment methods that can be added to the treatment. Briefly, these are: supportive individual psychotherapy, supportive group psychotherapy, supportive family psychotherapy, educational family psychotherapy, cognitive rehabilitation, promoting social skills, professional education and crisis intervention.
It is unfortunate that the public’s level of information on psychiatric illnesses is very insufficient. In general it consists of information they heard from others and have not sufficiently questioned. It is often judgemental. This delays the commencement of treatment for psychiatric patients and as a result makes treatment more difficult. In this article we will look at myths on psychiatric illnesses that have found their way into all public areas, from literature to cinema, from everyday conversations to the Accident & Emergency departments of hospitals. We will try to provide scientific answers to these.