The Voices Inside
Theodore O. Bradford
Schizophrenia is a severe psychological disorder that has plagued scientist for centuries. In this paper will discuss the symptoms and treatment options for those diagnosed with schizophrenia. Symptoms of schizophrenia vary from person to person therefore treatment for each individual will vary. Though there is no cure for schizophrenia, those diagnosed with this psychological disorder should not be treated with antipsychotics alone.
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Burton (2012) indicates that in the ancient Greek communities, people regarded such ailments as a punishment from God, but things changed later with the introduction of education that offered more insight to the multitude.
The Symptoms of Schizophrenia
Individuals who suffer from schizophrenia witness or exhibit a broad range of symptoms but this may vary from one patient to the other. Many patients report cases of hallucinations where they hear voices and see images that are not real (Torrey, 2013). Patients also suffer from delusions where they encounter beliefs that are not true such as that other people might be reading their thoughts or behavior (Beatriz et al., 2015). Many patients suffering from schizophrenia experience disorganized thinking and have challenges organizing their thoughts to make sense. Clinical reports indicate that many patients have difficulty in speaking fluently and in many instances lack the desire to be around and socialize with other people around them.
Possible Intervention Strategies
Doctors and therapist can use a broad range of interventions to diagnose and treat individuals suffering from schizophrenia. Before implementing any intervention, the health care worker should first diagnose the patient using multiple strategies such as lab testing, interviews, and behavioral analysis before settling on the solution to the problem (Beatriz et al., 2015). Doctors should note that not all intervention strategies might work in the same way in different patients who suffer from schizophrenia.
The scientific world provides a wide range of medications that can help manage schizophrenia if one completes a given dose. Among the most potent drugs to treat schizophrenia is Clozapine. The drug, which is a second-generation antipsychotic (SGA), rebalances serotonin and dopamine that improve mood, behavior, and thinking (National Alliance on Mental Illness, 2014). Individuals who use or who intend to use Clozapine should realize that Schizophrenia requires long-term treatment, and they should not stop taking the drug even when they symptoms have reduced. Moreover, patients need to take into consideration that missing doses may lead to a reoccurrence of schizophrenia symptoms (National Alliance on Mental Illness, 2014). Health care providers recommend other drugs such as Olanzapine, Risperidone, and Quetiapine to be effective in managing the condition.
Grohol (2015) informs that though psychotherapy is not one of the best treatment choices for individuals with schizophrenia, it acts as an aide to an effective medication plan. One of the therapeutic interventions that prove to be helpful to individuals suffering from schizophrenia is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) which entails offering counseling to stabilize or build a...