Schizophrenia is a chronic and severe neurological brain disorder. Unfortunately, there is no cure for schizophrenia yet. Schizophrenia affects about 1% of the population or about 2.6 million adults in the United States and it is a very disabling disease for individuals who have it.
Often, this disease is so disabling individuals cannot work. They suffer from delusions, hallucinations, disorganized and catatonic behavior which leads to incoherent and illogical thinking. Performing daily tasks in a working environment is virtually impossible when these systems occur. Thus, without the proper therapy and medication maintaining a job probably will not occur.
With that said, schizophrenia is highly treatable with medications and therapies. Below is a short list of some helpful therapies for this disease.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Self-help Groups (hard)
- Individual Psychotherapy
- Family education therapy
Therapy should be a team effort. It takes a lot of time and energy to understand this mental disease. Some people do not have family to support them. In this case it is recommended to join support groups to help you maintain and control the symptoms of this disease.
In addition to therapy, medications should be highly considered too. The overall goal is to get to a point where a person can function in society and have healthy relationships. Time and compassionate understanding are needed in order for a person to strive.