The global conversation on mental health has grown. Mental well-being is now considered just as important as physical well-being. Not just professionals, but even ordinary people, particularly Generation Z, have begun to think about this issue. So, now is the moment to talk about mental ailments that are not generally talked about. Very few people are aware of them, which, of course, means that very few people are aware of how to respond if a loved one develops such an ailment.
Schizophrenia is one of these little-discussed illnesses. Schizophrenia is a brain condition that affects the subconscious section of the brain and is just as deadly as brain cancer. This disease necessitates therapy and care for the rest of one’s life. Early detection of symptoms is critical in treatment because the more advanced the problem becomes, the more complicated it becomes. Schizophrenia is linked to the brain’s association areas which are responsible for memories, emotions, and hormone balances.
At first, delusions, hallucinations, and confused speech are the most prominent symptoms. Delusions might develop as a result of serious traumas that the patient has endured in the past. Patients who have grown up in an abusive home or witnessed extreme violence may experience flashbacks, which may add to the hallucinations they experience as the condition progresses. The patients are restless, which impairs their sleep cycle because they only have Rapid Eye Movement (REM). The patients hear voices, which is the most common type of schizophrenic hallucination. The panic that develops from delusion and hallucination causes disorganised speech. Traumatic episodes occur in the patient, and the frequency of attacks is determined by the severity of the sickness.
The condition worsens over time. Negative symptoms emerge over time, including a loss of appetite, a lack of interest in hygiene, a loss of concentration and focus, emotional suppression, and hostility. Some patients develop the tendency of suddenly sobbing in the middle of a laughing fit. Some individuals become disoriented from time to time as they imagine dialogues and scenes in their brains. Some patients curse in excruciating pain and lose their sense of recall very quickly. Family and friends may be difficult to recognise in these cases.
The most important thing to remember if you’re caring for a schizophrenic is to be patient. You must watch and supervise the behaviour with compassion and kindness, because the patient cannot control or analyse his movements. In addition to overcoming hallucinations and the after-effects of specific episodes, good pharmaceutical therapy must also address hallucinations. Because the assaults are intense and sap physical power, the sufferers may feel feeble. The physical signs of schizophrenia include a low-grade fever and bodily ache. Handling a schizophrenic person might be difficult, but the disorder can be managed with patience, kindness, and empathy.
To all the souls suffering, may the Almighty ease your pain and suffering.