Learn What Keeps You At Risk Of Schizophrenia

Somya Verma

, Health A2Z

We belong to a land of ancient medicine and medical treatments. India has been highly progressive in medicine, with the age-old practice of Ayurveda. Yet, somethings like Schizophrenia have been, taken as “bhoot pichas” theories in the interior and sadly sometimes urban areas as well. Trying to break and reform this idea, we will be discussing why you must know more about the disease and condition.


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What is Schizophrenia? Is it a syndrome or a disease?


Well, there is no virus or bacteria or germs that cause Schizophrenia. It is the mental situation and disorder that can happen due to various reasons. If you think, drinking something, or popping pills might help you get through it, then that is not likely to be possible.


Schizophrenia is a chronic and severe mental disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. People with the condition may seem like they have lost touch with reality. Although it is not as common as other mental disorders, the symptoms can be very disabling.


Early symptoms one can look for in Schizophrenia


The symptoms are divided into various classifications. It is not just one type but it is various ways how you are affected by the symptoms.


Positive symptoms: “Positive” symptoms are psychotic behaviors not generally seen in healthy people. People with positive symptoms may “lose touch” with some aspects of reality. Symptoms include:


  • Hallucinations


  • Delusions


  • Thought disorders


  • Movement disorders


Negative symptoms: “Negative” symptoms are associated with disruptions to normal emotions and behaviors. Symptoms include:


  • Reduced expression of emotions via facial expression or voice tone


  • Reduced feelings of pleasure in everyday life


  • Difficulty beginning and sustaining activities


  • Reduced speaking



Cognitive symptoms: For some patients, the cognitive symptoms of schizophrenia are subtle, but for others, they are more severe and patients may notice changes in their memory or other aspects of thinking. Symptoms include:


  • Poor ability to understand information and use it to make decisions


  • Trouble focusing or paying attention


  • Problems with “working memory”.


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What can be the risk factors of Schizophrenia?


There are several reasons that one can get a particular disorder. Some of them being obvious while others are highly situational.


1) Genetic in nature


Yes, if you have a family history of closed ones, suffering from such a situation, then you might have to take a little extra care. Scientists believe that many different genes may increase the risk of the condition, but that no single gene causes the disorder by itself. It is not yet possible to use genetic information to predict who will develop schizophrenia.


2) Environment around you


In some cases, the forceful, as well as the extremely rough environment, can cause Schizophrenia. Some times being around an abusive environment takes a lot of toll on your mental health. This can indeed be, a major reason for your suffering.


3) Low mental development


One of the major reasons for this disorder is low nutrition to the brain. The development happens at a slower pace which eventually leads to the mind getting affected easily. Hence, it is a risk factor for those who do not take enough care of their mind.


As per the World Health Organisation, the following points must be kept in mind while dealing with Schizophrenia:


  • It is a chronic and severe mental disorder affecting 20 million people worldwide.


  • This condition is characterized by distortions in thinking, perception, emotions, language, sense of self and behavior. Common experiences include hallucinations (hearing voices or seeing things that are not there) and delusions.


  • Worldwide, schizophrenia is associated with considerable disability and may affect educational and occupational performance.


  • People with schizophrenia are 2-3 times more likely to die early than the general population. This is often due to preventable physical diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, metabolic disease, and infections.


  • Stigma, discrimination, and violation of the human rights of people with schizophrenia are common.


  • Schizophrenia is treatable. Treatment with medicines and psychosocial support is effective.


Facilitation of assisted living supported housing and supported employment are effective management strategies for people with schizophrenia.


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