Living with Paranoid schizophrenia and treatments
Paranoid schizophrenia is the justification of a belief that are created through extensive thinking of fear.
These unwanted thoughts makes it difficult in differentiating realities to imaginary thoughts, making it easy to form conclusion from facts.
Paranoid schizophrenia is a serious mental condition, characterised by change in personality whereby the Mind loss contact with reality.
What are the risk factors of Paranoid schizophrenia
what are the likelihood of getting the disease.
You can develop Paranoid schizophrenia at any stage but the factors below contributes to the likelihood of developing It.
Severe psychological trauma, for example a violent attack, Racism, An accident, stress, childhood trauma, death of a loved one, disabling condition all these can have a long lasting effect on our mental health.
Cultural beliefs also influence our behaviour and how we think and socialised.
2. Environmental Factors:
The environmental factors contributing to paranoid schizophrenia are characterised into two categories;
The Social Environmental factors and
The physical environmental factors.
Example of social environmental factors are:-
- Lack of Social support
- Poverty and homelessness
- Family Problems
- Relationship difficulties
Example of physical environmental factors are:
- Substance abuse
- Sleep deprivation
- Risk taking,
3. Genetic Factors:
Many mental health problems tend to run in the family.
Scientists believes abnormality in genes are linked to mental illness.
This means, if you have a family member with a mental illness, you are more likely to develop one.
Symptoms of Paranoid schizophrenia:
Individuals suffering from Paranoid schizophrenia will have symptoms according to their environment and circumstance.
For example an individual with paranoid schizophrenia in Africa might believed they are being attacked spiritually,
Whereby people with this illness in Europe might believe they are being spied on by the government.
- Suicidal thoughts
- Anti Social
- Feelings of guilt
Treatments of Paranoid schizophrenia:
Antipsychotic medication are mostly prescribed, to reduce the symptoms. this could be in any form, pills, liquid etc.
Counselling: Once the symptoms are reduced, counselling known as Cognitive behaviour therapy will help to understand how to test whether you are having delusions and how to ignore it