Schizophrenia: Schizophrenia and Robert s .Feldman Essay

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I believe that one of the most difficult psychological disorder with which to cope with is Schizophrenia, more specifically Paranoid Schizophrenia. “Schizophrenia refers to a class of disorder in which severe distortion of reality occurs” (Robert S. Feldman, 2013, p. 540). Paranoid Schizophrenia is when the person suffers from auditory hallucinations and delusions. People with this type of schizophrenia tend to have anger, anxiety, and likes to argue a lot. Paranoid Schizophrenia is a chronic condition that requires lifelong treatment, even when you have periods when you feel better and symptoms have lifted. You may be tempted to ignore or stop treatment, but effective treatment can control your condition and lead to a happier life.
Based on research the main treatment methods for paranoid schizophrenia are: antipsychotic medication, psychotherapy, hospitalization, electroconvulsive therapy, and vocational skills training. Antipsychotic medications are used for those who have psychotic symptoms, the symptoms tend to decrease or not exist at all with these medications. Medications such as Zyprexa, Risperdal, Seroquel, and Abilify help treat any positive symptoms present. Mood stabilizers are helpful for those that have mood swing sand sometimes psychotic symptoms. Antidepressants also are part of the medication given; many people with this illness have depression so an antidepressant is primary medication. Another form of treatment is cognitive behavioral therapy, a form of therapy that helps the person who is sick change the patterns in their lives that cause more bad than good with their illness. Expanding access to treatment for people living with schizophrenia and helping them to achieve higher levels of recovery cannot happen without public support. That involves addressing public attitudes. Public education, expanding public awareness, and correcting public misperceptions will go a long way to eliminating the barriers that exist for so many suffering from this disorder. Unfortunately that is easier said than done, but a framework for progress has slowly come about over the past ten years to provide hope for the future. Showing the face of schizophrenia through personal contact and stories of recovery is one powerful agent for change in today’s society which can be a great help for those suffering from the disorder. It is come with greater ease to live with this disorder if society is able to more thoroughly understand what one is possibly going through and can be helped rather than mocked and judged…