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Positive Psychology And Treatment Of Schizophrenia
Good life: There are so many benefits, but better relationships, more engagement with challenges, increased enjoyment and pleasure, and increased satisfaction and happiness immediately come to mind. Take a look for yourself: http://www.Authentichappiness.Sas.Upenn.Edu/default.Aspx. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mental disorder with positive, negative & cognitive sxs. A person with positive sxs loses touch with reality with hallucinations or delusions. Negative sxs: lack of pleasure; failing to take care of every day functions; losing motivation; inability to carry out plans & isolation. Cognitive symptoms could include problems focusing, memory problems or difficulty understanding ...Read more
Do practices based in positive psychology (gratitude, mindfulness, compassion, etc.) really help to boost my mental well-being?
Mindbody: Yes, there are many studies that show mindbody medicinal practices improve outcomes. ...Read more
Ever since I learned about schizophrenia in psychology class, I can't stop thinking I have it. Can't tell if anxiety or actually schizophrenia? Help!
Schizophrenia: Would encourage you to see a psychiatrist or a psychologist to have this assessed. I believe you have had quite a few submissions over the last week on this issue and it is clear that it is very frightening to you. Take care. ...Read more
Many different: medication options exist depending on the individual characteristics of each patient. All therapies involve the use of antipsychotic medications but individual variations will help determine which are used and this is best addressed by your Psychiatrist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It depends: Antipsychotic medications are a common and effective treatment for schizophrenia. Supportive therapies that aim to improve social functioning and promote autonomy are also an important component of treatment. The best treatment largely depends on individual differences such as the severity of the illness and the subtype of schizophrenia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Differences: With research we are learning more about schizophrenia and possible other neurotransmitters involved. There are a lot more antipsychotic available today than in 1960. With advances in technology, neuroimaging can be done to identify problem areas in the brain. Patients are not merely locked up in asylums, but instead take part in community based treatment. Overall, there is more support. ...Read more
Old term: "process" schizophrenia is an old term for what we now call chronic schizophrenia. Typical onset is late teens to early 20's, but evidence suggests the process may start much earlier. There are both positive (hallucinations & delusions) and negative (social withdrawaal, lack of motivation) symptoms. Medications, supportive therapy, and family work can help improve quality of life. ...Read more
MARKEDLY IMPROVED: Treatment has grown by leaps and bounds. When i was a resident (yes, a long, long time ago in a galaxy fa, farr away...) the treatments did not address negative symptoms and were fraught with horrible side effects. I pitied people with schizoprhenia then. Now medications are more tolerable (from side effect stance) & can significantly improve + & - symptoms. Treatments have markedly improved! ...Read more
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