Schizophrenia is a severe brain disorder, affecting the sufferer’s ability to think clearly and decipher fantasy from reality. It is most commonly manifested through bizarre delusions, auditory hallucinations, disorganized thinking and speech, and paranoid delusions. It may eventually lead to social or occupational dysfunction. Symptoms generally occur in young adulthood and may be diagnosed based on a person’s self-reported experiences and observed behaviors. The exact causes of schizophrenia are still not well understood, however it is now thought that a number (5 to 10, or more) of different genes, as well as many different environmental influences, are responsible for an individual developing schizophrenia.
Counseling Methods to Schizophrenic Patients
- Social skills training
- Cognitive remediation
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy of Positive Symptoms
- Individual psychotherapy
Benefits of Counseling for schizophrenia
Counseling can take place one-on-one or in a group setting.
- It helps you improve your relationships, deal with your symptoms, and meet your goals.
- Group counseling also helps you make friends and learn social skills.
- It includes education about schizophreniaand its treatment.
- It can help you develop life skills such as learning to communicate, managing frustration, and coping.
- It can improve the quality of your life and the lives of those who care about you.
- It helps to develop higherself-esteem, and gain insight to the mental health issues.