Top 10 Complications during Paranoid Schizophrenia Treatment
Top 10 Complications during Paranoid Schizophrenia Treatment:
1. Getting into depression
2. Frequent suicidal thoughts and behaviour
3. Not having proper meals and suffer with malnutrition
4. Getting unemployed when the symptoms relapse
5. Social detachment leading to homelessness
6. Not allowed or able to move out independently so feeling to be in prison
7. Disorganised thoughts and behaviour leading to inability to study
8. Being a victim of crime
9. Illnesses related to substance abuse and tobacco smoking
10.Uneven flow of thoughts and disturbed sleep
For the treatment of Schizophrenia, lifelong treatment is required even if the medications starts receding the symptoms. The disturbing thoughts, hallucinations & delusions can be reduced by Anti psychotics which can be given as pills or as liquids or timely injections, but these medications do have some side effects for which one has to be prepared with.
Depending on the individual symptoms, other drugs which can be included are antidepressants, anti-anxiety drugs, and a mood-stabilizing medication.
A person with severe symptoms or condition may required to be hospitalised to keep the person in safe environment, provide with proper nutrition and stabilize their sleep.
The acceptance of lifelong continuous medication and treatment for any of the Schizophrenics is not easy for all to accept with. If they stop taking their medication, the symptoms can relapse. Hospitalization can help people get back onto their medication while keeping them safe.
The chances of Schizophrenic symptoms getting relapsed can be reduced by Psychotherapy, counselling, and social and vocational skills training which also help the patients to live independently without the fear of symptoms getting relapsed. Support can be provided by including improvement in communication skills, finding work and housing, and joining a support group.
When the patient reaches extreme severity in Schizophrenia, then ECT (Electroconvulsive Therapy) is used which involves sending an electric current through the brain to produce controlled seizures, or convulsions. Through such seizures, a massive trigger in the neurochemicals in the brain is expected, deficit or imbalance of which causes Schizophrenia. In the side effects of ECT, there can be short-term memory loss. ECT is taken for when the patient doesn’t responds to any other medication or treatment therapies for healing Schizophrenia.
Lifelong support is necessary for Schizophrenics as they often stop taking medications within the first 12 months as they notice certain positive changes due to the medication and starts feeling that they can stop the medication as they are improving, but do not adhere to the fact that the symptoms can relapse after stopping their medication and treatment.
There may be a lot many complications if any person diagnosed with Paranoid Schizophrenia does not receive proper treatment and care. Then, there is a severe and serious risk of severe mental health, physical health, financial, behavioural, and legal problems.