Schizophrenia – symptoms, causes and treatments | Tulasi Healthcare


What is Schizophrenia ?

Schizophrenia is an unceasing, callous, and immobilizing brain disorder that has been known and acknowledged throughout the recorded existence of humans.

Owing to paranoia and skepticism associated with schizophrenia, individuals affected by schizophrenia hear sounds emanating from sources which don’t exist or hear voices which are not audible to normal people. They may also follow their instincts to believe that others are reading and interpreting their minds, remotely controlling their thought processes & even that others are scheming and conspiring to cause harm.

Such incidents are frightening and can cause apprehension, abandonment, or severe anxiety. Individuals who suffer from schizophrenia may sound irrational and senseless when they talk, may sit in 1 place for hours at a stretch without flinching or batting an eyelid or interacting with anyone at all; they may seem to be perfectly calm, composed and normal until they talk about what is going on in their heads.

Most of the individuals suffering from schizophrenia profoundly depend on their families or guardians as they find it extremely difficult to hold a job or to follow a routine on a regular basis, which makes taking care of personal hygiene a challenge too.

Nowadays, the treatments of schizophrenia can allay most of the illness’s symptoms, but most of the persons struggling with schizophrenia must deal with and manage some lingering symptoms till the time they are alive. Nonetheless, the current stage in time is a phase of optimism for individuals with schizophrenia and hope for their respective relatives as a considerable number of people who were earlier struggling with the severe symptoms of schizophrenia are now leading gratifying and purposeful lives in their respective societies.

There are three broad categories into which the symptoms of Schizophrenia can be broadly classified:

  • Positive symptoms include strange feelings or insights, which comprise movement disorder, hallucination, thought disorder and delusions.
  • Negative symptoms consist of an inability in planning, expressing thoughts, expressing emotions; or an inability appreciating the everyday events of life. These symptoms are hard to distinguish as part of the disorder and can be misinterpreted as indolence or despair/depression.
  • Cognitive symptoms (or cognitive deficits) are difficulties experienced by the sufferers, which are related to their concentration, certain types of reminiscence, and the decision-making functions of their brains, which help them in systematizing their respective lives and tasks.

Although there still is no cure for schizophrenia, effective treatments have been developed to treat and assuage the extreme severity of symptoms.

Study supports the idea about a few types of psychotherapy being helpful. Following are a few:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT):

Compliance Therapy:

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT):

Supportive Psychotherapy:

It is important for the kith and kin of the affected individual to take responsibility for ensuring her/his proper care and rehabilitation. If you or someone you care for is struggling with schizophrenia, please feel free to reach out to us at

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