Schizophrenia is a mental disorder characterized by significant alterations in perception, thoughts, mood, and behavior. Symptoms are described in terms of positive, negative, and cognitive symptoms. The positive symptoms of schizophrenia are the same for any psychosis and are sometimes referred to as psychotic symptoms. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schizophrenia
What are the phases of Schizophrenia?
The four stages or phases of schizophrenia can be labeled as:
The Prodromal Stage
The prodromal phase indicates the period from when the first change in a person occurs until he or she develops full-blown psychosis. In other words, it’s the time measure leading up to the first apparent psychotic episode.
2. The Acute Stage
The active phase, also termed the acute phase, is identified by hallucinations, paranoid delusions, and extremely disorganized speech and behaviors. During this stage, patients resemble very obvious psychotic disorder. If left untreated, active psychotic symptoms can last for weeks or months. Signs may improve to the case where the patient must enter the hospital for acute care and treatment.
3. The Remission Stage
After the intense activity of the symptoms resides they are said to have gone into remission. The intensity and appearance of the symptoms may decrease drastically and some may disappear altogether. With treatment, they can be kept at bay for long periods of time and normal functioning can continue for the most part. If you’re reading this with a sense of hope, please do feel hope and hang in there.
4. The Relapse Stages
The relapse stage is just the reappearance of the symptoms back to an acute level. This can be avoided or at least the damage minimized by continuing to follow the treatment plan laid out for you by your doctor. You can also become familiar with the feelings and signs of an impending relapse or psychotic episode and speak to your doctor right away. There may be ways to keep it at bay medically.
Thoughts on the Stages of Schizophrenia
Continue with your medication plan, stay in counseling and therapy, join social support groups, and stay healthy in other ways. By doing this, the complications of schizophrenia can be held to a minimum.
So many people believe this. But it’s simply not true. The truth is, you have no idea what that person’s life is about! Everyone is exploring and struggling in their own way.
Nobody was handed a manual or an instruction guide for life – everyone is trying to figure it out just the same way you are. I once heard someone say if we all threw our problems into a pile in the middle of a room and were forced to choose one, we would scramble to retrieve our own.
2. It is better to give than to receive.
It’s a nice thought and useful if you’re a particularly self-centered individual but I don’t think it’s true. Maybe we can replace that lie with, “It’s better to give AND receive.” Because neither is “better” than the other. They are in balance.
It’s simple math, for every giver, there must be a receiver. And to take it one step further, giving is psychologically easier than receiving because there’s no sense of self-worth needed to give. You can give the best parts of yourself away because you don’t feel worthy of having them. But to be willing to receive means you feel worthy of accepting gifts from others.
3. I can do this tomorrow
Maybe one of the most frequent lies we tell ourselves. But we all know it’s not true! The trouble is, you always think you have more time than you do. But one day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to work on the things you’ve always wanted to do.
No one knows what the future holds and what good does it do to live in the “one of these days” mindset? The life you have is today and the time to live it is now. Besides, if we all waited until we were ready, we would never get anything done!
4. Happiness is the foundation of my well-being.
We tell ourselves over and over again, “I need to be happy.” We question ourselves, “Why aren’t you happy?!” But the truth is, emotions are emotions.
Sad, angry, lonely, scared, they are not bad things! Instead of telling ourselves we need to stay happy, we ought to be letting ourselves feel however we do at any given moment. This kind of permission to feel as we feel — not continuous happiness — is the foundation of your well-being.
5. It’s wrong to be self-centered.
Sometimes being selfish is healthy. We could all learn to say, “no” every now and then. And stop apologizing all the time. It’s your life! Your emotions!
So choose what’s best for you. And stop caring what other people think about your decisions. If/when it comes down to choosing between someone else or something else and yourself, always choose yourself.
Express Gratitude – When you appreciate what you have, what you have appreciates in value. If we are not thankful for what we already have, we will have a hard time ever being happy.
Avoid over-thinking and social comparison – comparing yourself to someone else can be very poisonous leaving you feeling unhappy and uncomfortable about yourself. The only person you should ever compare yourself to is the person who you were before now.
Practice kindness – selfishly helping someone is a super powerful way to feel good inside.
Learn to forgive – harboring feelings of hatred can have terrible effect on your wellbeing.
Savor life’s joys – deep happiness cannot exist without slowing down to enjoy the joy in every pleasurable moment.
Nurture social relationships – the happiest people in the world are the ones who have deep, meaningful relationships.
Be committed to your goals – magical things start to happen when we commit ourselves to doing whatever it takes to get somewhere.
Take care of your body – taking care of your body is crucial to being the happiest person you can be.
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