What is Schizophrenia?
Schizophrenia is a complex mental health disorder in which people interpret reality differently. It is a result of some combination of hallucinations, delusions, and disordered thinking ability. Mostly it affects people in late adolescence or early childhood. The effect is primarily on speech, emotions, thinking and behaviour that impact your social and personal relationships.
It hampers the health of the man more than the female. In many cases, a person will exhibit signs of memory loss or unusual behaviour from childhood; they appear to be more worrisome later in their life. In others, signs can be dramatically sudden.
Schizophrenia is a prolonged condition, but the right treatment approach is the key to managing the signs. You may live a normal life once you get the right-hand approach to it.
Signs and Symptoms
Schizophrenia is fluctuations in the thinking, behavioural, and emotional aspects of an individual’s personality. Signs may occur differently in people, ranging from hallucinations to disorderly speech, etc.
Some of the signs may include:
Hallucinations. These usually involve experiencing things that are not for real. Hallucinations can be of any sense, but hearing different weird sounds can be the most common.
Delusions. They are a false belief that persists even though you are evident of certain things. For instance, you are being harassed, or that you are a celebrity or that another person is in love with you or that some major calamity is about to occur. Delusions are highly common in people who are suffering from schizophrenia.
Disorganized thinking (speech). The cause of disorderly speech is primarily disorganized thinking. People with schizophrenia may have impaired communication that impacts their social relationships. Less likely, speech may include using words together that even don’t relate to each other. Often, this is called word salad when someone uses meaningless or unconnected words together.
Abnormal motor behaviour. Behavioural isn’t focused on a goal, so one tends to be unpredictably aggressive. This may include useless or overexcited reactions to situations or bizarre posture, inattentiveness, to name a few.
Other symptoms. This may include poor hygiene, lack of emotion, inactiveness, inability to function normally. You may lose interest in daily activities or not speak in a monotone, be socially withdrawn or do not enjoy normal pursuits of life.
Often the symptoms grow worrisome with time, with periods of remission and relapses though some signs are always present until the condition is addressed properly.
When it comes to men, the signs usually start in the early to mid-20s, though women may have signs typically in the late 20s. Rarely children are diagnosed with schizophrenia, while in the middle-age group, it persists in those who age more than 45.
Symptoms in Teenagers
Although signs of schizophrenia in teenagers appear to be similar to adults, the recognition of signs is difficult in teens.
The unusual signs which also relate to the development stages of teenagers may include:
- Signs of social withdrawal from friends and family
- A drop in performance at school
- Not sleeping healthily
- Feeling Irritated or depressive
- Not feeling motivated on certain accounts
The exact cause of schizophrenia is not fully known. But it is believed that schizophrenia is an onset of many factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, and environmental factors.
Alterations in the brain chemicals, including neurotransmitters called dopamine and glutamate, may also contribute to schizophrenia. While researchers aren’t sure of these causes, they relate schizophrenia to a brain disorder.
Plus, some risk factors may also impute to the risk of schizophrenia, such as:
- Pregnancy and birth-related complications, such as malnutrition or exposure to toxins or viruses that may hamper brain development
- Taking mind-altering drugs during teen years and young adulthood
- Having a family history of schizophrenia
Ayurvedic treatment for Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia is a mental health condition in which the person loses control over brain activity. A person with schizophrenia may experience imaginary things and situations that do not exist in reality.
Ayurveda relates schizophrenia to all types of mental disorders that are categorized as ‘Unmada and Atatvabhinivesha.’ A healthy body is an outcome of balanced doshas and psychic energies (Satva, Raja, and Tama). In the event of any imbalance, the mind is said to be out of order and show signs related to a split mind.
As per Ayurveda, if your doshas are vitiated, and your brain is under Rajasik and Tamasik influences, this blocks the channels of the brain and results in nerve impulses. So having improper brain functioning may make it tricky for a person to differentiate between reality and imagination.
To manage this health condition, Ayurveda has also recommended the usage of specific herbal concoctions, therapies, and procedures to propagate brain function. The aim is to restore the function of the brain by removing toxins and clarifying Ama. This also works well in pacifying the vitiated doshas and thus, ensure your overall health commitments.
At AyuKarma, we know how daunting it can be to experience signs of mental health conditions. At every step, we make sure that your health is on point and medicines work well on you. We have evidence-based approaches to helping you restore a healthy balance between mind and body.
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