Schizophrenia and other Psychotic Disorders
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Schizophrenia is a severe mental illness that is characterised by presence of delusions (false beliefs) and hallucinations. Following are the common symptoms:
Suspiciousness that someone wants to harm the patient. Accusing family members/neighbours/relatives etc of plotting a conspiracy or doing black magic etc. Belief that someone is following the patient or that people are talking about a patient Talking to self, laughing to self Poor hygiene, poor sleep Decline in performance at office or studies.
Schizophrenia needs long term medical treatment. However many a times patient refuses to accept that he has an illness and also refuses to take medicines. In such cases, injectable medications can be used (which are administered once a month)