Has anyone here worked in a psych hospital or had firsthand experiences with schizophrenia?
I worked with someone diagnosed with schizophrenia while doing my internship. I had to beg the head psychologist to continue because we rotated on wards. My sense when being with a schizophrenic (him and others I encountered) is that they are turned inside out in terms of their consciousness. Their inner word exists outside of them, and the world they should have internalized--which is a process--is undigested chunks of their experiences of and with others. Working with metaphors seemed to work. I was told he was discharged to a halfway house two months after completed my internship and the time I spent with him.
Yes , i‘m a general practitioner and have experience in psychiatry .
i have my patients diagnosed with schizophrenia .
one of my line cooks is....I find all these things to be true. I worry about him honestly I don't know much about it but he said he was violent once so I try to stay away from him as much as possible without being weird about it. He lacks communication and thinks I read his mind or something because he sort of expects me to know things but doesn't tell me or just sort of barks at me sometimes and he get's really freaked out by the kids laughing in the cafe and says "it feels like they are laughing at me"...he says he is medicated so my question is does it actually fully go away? or is there sort of a leftover resonance of symptoms?
Why depression hit hard during winter?
Seasonal depression often occurs for people during the winter because of lack of sunshine and vitamin D in particular. Not only that but people don't leave their houses as often due to the weather which leads to lack of social interactions and other activities that promote good mental health.
@Julianna Kirschner, well said! Some people will use lights (like the one I am linking as an example) in order to treat seasonal affective disorder.
@ayesha naymat There are a few possible explanations for why depression may hit hard during winter. One reason may be that people are less likely to get outside and be active when it's cold and dark outside. This can lead to feeling more isolated and lonely, which can trigger or worsen depression symptoms. Another reason may be that the change in seasons can cause a disruption in our body's natural circadian rhythms, which can also impact our mood. Additionally, lower levels of vitamin D have been linked to increased risk for depression, and we typically get less sun exposure in the winter.
The main symptom of schizophrenia is hallucinations ( patients experience things that don't exist in reality). Others are :
Lack of motivation.
Talking to themselves.
Symptoms may change person to person.
That's awesome! Thank you so much for that quick reply. Can you tell me what sorts of behavior you notice with people with schizophrenia?
There's a number of observable signs of psychosis we often note. One symptom of schizophrenia (which is also a diagnostic criterion in the DSM-5) is disorganized behavior. Individuals who are psychotic may engage in purposeless or bizarre behaviors. Due to hallucinations, they may respond visibly or audibly to voices. You may therefore see such a person with paper in their ears talking to themselves and making unusual hand gestures. The disorganized speech may present as made up words (neologisms), unrelated strings of words (word salad), or highly tangential or irrelevant communication. There may be an absence or significant reduction in communication which is an example of a "negative symptom."
I have for quite a few years in several different facilities. People with schizophrenia were often my favorite patients. The changes I saw before vs after medication always astonished me.