Paranoid Schizophrenia is the most common type of Schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is defined as “a chronic mental disorder in which a person loses touch with reality (Psychosis-meaning that the person loses touch with reality). This usually shows in the same person in different manners at different times. The person suffers from delusions that are usually accompanied by hallucinations, particularly things like hearing voices, and perceptual disturbances. These symptoms or paranoid delusions make a person unreasonably suspicious of people around them and also have a huge effect on leading a normal day to day life.
Signs and Symptoms :
- Poor motor coordination
- Anxiety and low mood
- Sensory issues
- Attention difficulties
- Learning difficulties
It is not exactly known what causes Schizophrenia, but it is guessed to be a combination of both genetic and environmental factors.
Left untreated, schizophrenia can result in severe emotional, behavioural and health problems, as well as legal and financial problems that affect every area of life. Complications that schizophrenia may cause or be associated with include:
- Any type of self-injury
- Anxiety and phobias
- Abuse of alcohol, drugs or prescription medications
- Family conflicts
- Inability to work or attend school
- Social isolation
- Health problems, including those associated with antipsychotic medications, smoking and poor lifestyle choices
- Being a victim of aggressive behaviour
- Aggressive behaviour, although it's uncommon and typically related to lack of treatment, substance misuse or a history of violence
Cognitive behavioural therapy can teach you how to manage symptoms that don't go away, even when you take your medicine. You will have to learn to test whether you're having delusions and how to ignore voices inside your head. Here at CBT2, we have specialised programs to help you out. Do not hesitate to reach out, Therapy helps.