Family Therapy and Family Involvement With Those Schizophrenic

Family therapy and family involvement in the life and treatment of a schizophrenic is highly correlated with the success of that individual in dealing with mental illness.  Family members of schizophrenics may perform

Family therapy for schizophrenia

Family therapy for schizophrenia is effective and necessary. Illustration compliments of cooldesign – freedigitalphotos.net

essential functions in the lives of these mentally ill individuals.  Many of these functions stem from monitoring the suffering family member for signs of deteriorating mental health.  The family members that live in close contact with their schizophrenic family member are better able monitor their troubled family member for problems, and, as a result, they may be able to discover the source of these problems and enact solutions.

When I was initially mentally ill at a young woman in my early twenties, my siblings came to visit me in the hospital to speak to my psychiatric social worker and me about my well-being.  What we determined to be necessary for my well-being may have been minimal in comparison to what was accomplished simply by the convergence of my family members.  I was elated to know that they cared for me so as to come to speak about me as a group.  My memory of that period in my life is scant, but I was told by a friend, many years later, that my older brother, Tom, came to visit me every day in the hospital.  I was told that I made ceramics in occupational therapy classes that I gave to my loved ones.  As indicated by what I learned years after my initial hospitalization, my family loved me.  And I felt loved at that time—particularly when my family gathered together for me.

Mental health deterioration can occur as a natural result of decompensation in conjunction with what is sometimes the chronic nature of schizophrenia, but it can also occur in many ways that family members can mitigate.

There are practical steps in dealing with a schizophrenic family member that are possible if the family remains in close contact with the schizophrenic.  Monitoring the moods of the schizophrenic and intervening in times of crisis become possible if the behavior of the schizophrenic  is monitored.  Living with the schizophrenic allows for this, but even if the schizophrenic lives outside the home of his family of origin and is visited regularly by his family, the family members can be supportive or intervene if needed.  Observing the schizophrenic for behavior changes and providing cooperative support become much more possible it the family interacts compassionately with the schizophrenic individual, in an accepting and empathic manner.  The schizophrenic may behave oddly, perhaps atrociously, but if the family is tolerant of his behavior, negative behavior may subside.

Family involvement with their schizophrenic family member should allow for regular interpersonal contact with their troubled family member.  Clearly, one aspect of psychological decompensation stems from alienation of the mentally ill individual and families of schizophrenics can help their family member to feel less alienated.  Moreover, the traumatic effects of stigma regarding mental illness may be more or less eliminated by the family’s acceptance of that individual.

 

One Response to “Family Therapy and Family Involvement With Those Schizophrenic”

  1. Iman says:

    Antipsychotics are the standard mtiicaedon for schizophrenia. The first generation or typical antipsychotics have been around since tihe 1950s; while the second generation or atypical antipsychotics were developed more recently. Both types block receptors in the brains dopamine pathways.Yes, they can cause hallucinations of any of the 5 senses and other psychotic events.There are many harmful and undesired (adverse) side effects including:lowered life expectancyextrapyramidal effects (uncontrolled movements, jerks, tics, twitches, etc)akathisia (inner restlessness and inability to sit still)tremblingmuscle weaknessweight gaindecrease in brain volumeenlarged breasts (gynecomastia) in men and womenmilk discharge in men and women (galactorrhea)lowered white blood cell counttardive dyskinesia (involuntary repetitive body movements)diabetessexual dysfunctiontardive psychosis (return of psychosis requiring increased dosage)withdrawal symptoms/side effects between doses or when mtiicaedon is loweredtardive dysphrenia potential for permanent chemical dependence leading to psychosis worse than before treatment began if drug dose is ever lowered or stopped Temporary withdrawal symptoms include insomnia, agitation, psychosis and motor disorders.Most of the side effects go away once mtiicaedon is discontinued, but some are permanent and irreversible.Antipsychotics are being prescribed more often now for bipolar, ptsd, Autism, and other non-psychotic disorders, and sadly there are more and more cases of antipsychotics causing psychosis and schizophrenia in patients that never had symptoms of either before going on the mtiicaedon.

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