Paranoia and Schizophrenia

A person experiences Schizophrenia when he/she starts to have delusional thoughts which include paranoid thinking too. It gets very difficult for the one suffering to differentiate between the delusional thoughts and the normal ones.

A person feels a  number of hallucinations while suffering from schizophrenia. Perception is made for every certain person and it gets really hard to distinguish between what is real and what isn’t.

The experts in Kutiyana Memon Hospital say that paranoid delusion when experienced by a person can make them make scenarios in their head. They think that people are watching them, thinking about them or someone is trying to harm them. A person having delusional thoughts thinks that the media TV and radio are sending some kind of message to them.

All these fears can cause a great amount of anxiety and self-doubt. It also disrupts daily life issues, limits a person’s p[otential to do so much, and affects relationships badly.

Studies suggest that around 50% of people who suffer from schizophrenia also suffer from paranoia.

What actually is Paranoia Schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is said to be a condition that involves other conditions in it. It is indeed a spectrum disorder. Before 2013 the healthcare experts said that paranoid schizophrenia is a distinctive disorder. However, according to the new studies paranoia is considered a symptom and not a full-fledge condition or a disorder.

Experts have explained that it will be removed from the list of subtypes and have labeled it as a symptom. 

The Main Cause

Schizophrenia is a neurological disorder that is very unclear but it likely involves a mixture of environmental triggers and genetic characteristics. Risk factors that can cause schizophrenia include,

Genes: The family history of such a disease can be a huge risk factor in causing schizophrenia.

Environmental: Environmental factors include stress, abuse, and past traumas. These can trigger the condition a lot and make it worse.

Biological: The structure of the brain or the activity plays a huge role. The disturbance in the activity of neurotransmitters also is a great contributor.

Nutrition: Diet also plays a huge role. The food choices during pregnancy also induce neurological conditions.

A study suggests that people who have schizophrenia and paranoia can make their minds about people’s emotions. These can be cognitive impairments. For example, they lack in identifying people’s emotions and they struggle in trusting people.

The best time to get schizophrenia treated is in the active phase when a person is experiencing a number of experiences at one point in time. After the active phase there comes the residual phase. 

With the use of medication and talking therapy schizophrenia can be managed but there is no guarantee that this can be treated. Although there are a number of ways to manage schizophrenia and paranoia. 

Managing Schizophrenia and Paranoia

Here are some of the recommended tips and tricks by psychologists and medical specialists to be used with a paranoid person pr someone who is suffering from Schizophrenia.

  • Don’t try and make the other person calm. Listen to what they are thinking and try to make sense to them that what they are thinking is wrong. In case of serious threats or attacks from the patient, do contact the helpline.
  • Use simple words and tell the person that what they are thinking is completely made up and everything is normal. Make them sit with you, tell them that you want to listen to what they have to say. 
  • Make sure to keep a distance if the person is making noise or raising his/her voice. Make a direct statement to them that you are not afraid of them. This can make the person cool down really fast. 
  • The key is to listen to the patient. Make them understand that this is all demons that are talking to them and they are completely okay.

Conclusion

Schizophrenia is a serious condition but really don’t know about it a lot. Paranoia also comes with it. Make sure that you know the difference between the two in order to get it treated on time. In case of any emergency, one should not try to help the person as this can cause the patient to get triggered and take steps that can do damage.

By Adam

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