How To Treat Schizophrenia Naturally
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Schizophrenia is a problem of the mind and is seen generally more in men than the women. Further it is usually first noticed in the late teens and in the twenties. And sadly, this is a life-long condition and you can hardly say that a patient will get completely ‘cured’. Most often medication is used as a cure for schizophrenia.
But that often proves ineffective as the patients go off the medications at times. Such breaks in medication often prove harmful as the good done over time is often undone; plus the normal drugs for treatment of schizophrenia can have long term side effects too.
So it is better to go for treatments that are independent of drugs if possible. Natural cure for any disease is best option and in case of schizophrenia the natural remedy begins with psychotherapy.
Treatments For Schizophrenia
Psychotherapy is not used as a stand-alone therapy in case of schizophrenia. It is often used in conjunction with drugs and the sole purpose of such treatment is to make sure that the person takes regular medication.
The treatment uses advice and education on the condition, assurance of a healthy life, setting of small and achievable goals that can be easily fulfilled. The patient is encouraged for all these and it has been seen that when psychotherapy is used as a support treatment for medication, the results are far better than drugs alone.
Group And Family Therapy
One form of psychotherapy is group therapy where the affected person is encouraged to solve real life problems, focus on relationships, social interaction as well as co-operate on various tasks. Family therapy, another form of psychotherapy, helps in decreasing chances of reoccurrence of the condition of a family member.
It has been seen that the chance of relapse of the condition can be reduced to as low as 10% with family therapy compared to normal chances of about 50 to 60%. In fact, modern physicians and scientists are of the opinion that long term family therapy is the best option for coping with schizophrenia.
Foods Containing Antioxidant Vitamins
Researches have shown that there is a positive relation between antioxidants and reduction in the conditions of schizophrenia. So foods that have high anti-oxidant vitamins like alpha lipolic acid, vitamin C and vitamin E can actually help in control of the disease by as much as 5 to 10%.
Those suffering from this disease should increase the intake of fruits like blueberries and strawberries, dried plums and also spinach. However, supplementing the diet with over-the-counter vitamin supplements without supervision may not be a good choice as the supplements available in the markets often do not have the properly regulated dose.
Therapy Involving Pets And Music
Pets like cats and dogs have been seen as being good companions to the people affected by schizophrenia as they have positive effects on these people. Animal assisted therapy improves communication, mobility, and even encourages personal hygiene and self-care. However, widespread research is yet to be undertaken to claim that it is indeed an effective therapy.
Music is another area that has shown some effectiveness on the people suffering from schizophrenia. It is used to improve interpersonal and communication skills. Such therapy has been found to be especially effective for short term treatment.