Schizophrenia: PART 1
Schizophrenia.This is a word that brings up the words crazy or fear. It seems to just be a horrible disease. Well it can be horrible if left untreated and if the person is misguided. A 'normal' person misguided can bounce back but a person with the schizophrenic brain can take a wrong turn down Darkville Street if you know what I mean.
Schizophrenia are thoughts or experiences that are out of touch with reality, disorganized speech or behavior, and decreased participation in daily activities according to the Mayo Clinic.
People as young as three can be diagnosed. The older a person gets the more chances he or she has of getting this diagnosis because of dementia setting into the mind.
I have been diagnosed with schizophrenia. I hear things other people don't hear and see things other people don't see. The monsters that lurked in my mind became my reality. I have trouble concentrating and focusing and my memory is that of a much older person.
My uncle had schizophrenia and mental retardation due to his father hitting him on the head with a garden hoe and not by accident. After the incident he could never sit still and always talked with people who wasn't there. The room was always a crowded one with him. Sadly he died in a nursing home in his fifties.
There is no cure for this disease but for me I found that prayer, mediation, my quest for knowledge and Truth and my relationship with God has kept me on a peaceful path.
There have been times I have threatened to do unspeakable things and would have done them if I was not restrained. As I became older I had trouble with my anger to the point of thinking about suicide. I never wanted to harm anyone else. My thoughts were focused more on self harm. I have severe anxiety and severe depression. I hear voices and see things that are not in everyone's reality. I have monsters that I call demons or evil spirits. When I was younger they would talk to me more often and would make fun of me. I also had developed PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), Sleepwalking, and night terrors.
Writing has been a great outlet for me to express myself and I have been fortunate enough to have family that helps me to write when I am unable.
Symptoms of this disease are: social isolation, disorganized behavior, aggression, agitation, compulsive behavior, excitability, hostility, repetitive movements, self-harm, or lack of restraint, thought disorder, delusion, amnesia, belief that an ordinary event has special and personal meaning, belief that thoughts aren't one's own, disorientation, memory loss, mental confusion, slowness in activity, or false belief of superiority, anger, anxiety, apathy, feeling detached from self, general discontent, loss of interest or pleasure in activities, elevated mood, or inappropriate emotional response, hallucination, paranoia, hearing voices, depression, fear, persecutory delusion, or religious delusion, circumstantial speech, incoherent speech, rapid and frenzied speaking, or speech disorder, fatigue, impaired motor coordination, or lack of emotional response according to the Mayo Clinic.
Anti-psychotic and Anti-Tremor drugs are usually prescribed by a psychologist.
Group and individual therapy, family therapy, rehabilitation, support groups, cognitive therapy, psycho-education, family therapy, behavior therapy, and group psychotherapy are therapy recommendations usually with the help of the medications.
Psychosis is a mental disorder that occurs as a result from having schizophrenia. Psychosis is basically a worse version of schizophrenia but it can also just be genetics.
It is highly recommended to talk with a psychologist.
I hope this article has risen a bit of awareness to people who know someone with this disease or maybe perhaps you have it yourself or maybe you're just curious.
If you would like to learn about the history of schizophrenia the website listed below is a great start; just copy and paste. http://schizophrenia.com/history.htm.
Source: Mayoclinic.com and google.com