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How To Talk To Someone With Paranoid Schizophrenia
Psychosis likely: Schizoaffective disorder is a "halfway" diagnosis between schizophrenia and a major mood disorder, eg., major depression or bipolar disorder. An antipsychotic is generally needed to control psychotic symptoms, and sometimes, though not always, will treat the mood disorder as well. (usually antidepressant or mood stabilizers are needed too.) psychosis often persists for long periods if untreated. ...Read more
Paranoid schizophrenia is a disorder in which an individual experiences delusions, commonly of persecution by others, real or imagined. This disorder is often accompanied by auditory hallucinations (hearing things that aren't there) as well as other perception disturbances which may affect ...Read more
Frankly: Be honest. Explain your concerns. Tell them directly what type of help you desire. ...Read more
Delusions: Fixed, false beliefs held with conviction despite evidence to the contrary. Treatment options include: medication and therapy. More information could be helpful since delusions can be bizarre or non-bizarre and also not clear if this is a delusional disorder or delusions are part of another disorder. If not seeing a doctor and therapist definitely recommend that practice reinforcement reality test. ...Read more
Can you tell me how to talk to my doctor about avoidant personality disorder if im to shy to even talk at all?
A note perhaps?: You might be able to write your doctor a note that says what you'd like to say. You can point out that the reason for the note is just an example of how difficult it is for you. But also, it might be a good idea to search for a sensitive psychotherapist to address this problem since my experience leads me to question medication as a 1st strategy. Therapy is very effective for this. Good luck! ...Read more
Help them get help: Suggest they seek help from a counselor, therapist, or psychiatrist. Listen to what they are able to tell you they are depressed about. Don't be afraid to ask if they feel suicidal, if they say yes, take them to the er, you may be saving their life. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can you let me know how many sessions can it take to treat someone with avoidant personality disorder?
Mood Disorder: Tell them you take medication to keep you moods even and that it works well. If you are one of the rarer people who needs frequent hospitalizations and have serious psychotic symptoms, you shoud have someone who can help take you to the hospital when it is necessary. ...Read more
As they'd like it: If it's severe - they need professional help - call for it if so. But even then - what you can offer till then is simply 'being there'. Ask for their agreement on your presence very gently. Accept and follow their lead on non-verbal or short phrases. Just sitting still together may be fine. If you need to say something informative, make it clear, calm, gentle and simple. No stirring of flames, ok? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Get permission: Tell your friend that you are so sorry to see him/her suffering all the time. That you wish you could help him/her in some way, but you don't know how. Does he/she have any ideas? Your friend might say no, doesn't want help. Then you can't. But your friend might have some ideas, including helping him/her find the right therapist. Just listening, too, without trying to fix anything is healing. ...Read more
Establishing rapport: With the patient is essential . In addition family involvement can help. ...Read more
Competent caretaker: Most important!Get a more detailed answer ›
Serious condition!: Depression with psychotic features is a very serious condition that has a particularly high risk of suicide. Initially usually an antidepressant combined with an antipsychotic are necessary (and sometimes after a reasonable period of stability the antipsychotic can be tapered off). Hospitalization is often necessary, and care should be managed by a psychiatrist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Agoraphobia: This term came from the greek meaning. ...Read more
Leave that to the dr: Encourage that person to seek out an assessment by a physician. Defer the discussion about discussing specific diagnoses to the physician. ...Read more
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