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Diagnostic requirements

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 12, 2006
  • 06:07 AM

Hi, my friend has recently been dealing with some psychiatric problems. I've been going with him to the visits, and the doctor asked me to keep an eye on my friend and report on how he's doing. I'm trying to do my own research and help. I need to know if people with schizophrenia always have delusions or halucinations. I don't notice him having those, but he could just be hiding them from me. I mostly see the negative and disorganized symptoms. I would really appreciate any help anyone could give me.


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  • Go to WebMd and do research on symptoms.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 19, 2006
    • 03:22 AM
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  • Keep a diary of your friends behaviour. that way you can show it to the doctor and give him more of an idea what your friend's behaviors are like and thus more possible to find ways to treat him appropriately.No, not all those with schizophrenia have constant hallucinations (some hardly ever have them, especially when they are stable on meds), it is mindful to note that hallucinations can be one or more of the five senses; visual, auditory, tactile, taste and smell. Often the suferer has hallucinations and it is not obvious at all.My friend who I have cared for now for four years is very quiet, in fact, when he lived on the street he said he literally didn't speak a word to anyone or utter a sound for eighteen months, despite thinking he was a were wolf and ***********t. Those with schizophrenia are all so very different. I care for two people with schizophrenia and at one time it was three people under my roof; all three weren't in the least bit alike, but I got to know if one was having hallucinations by their body language, facial expressions, tone of voice or subject matter of their conversation. That is why, if your friends doctor has ask you to keep an eye on him, it is good to have a diary. If you notice some stranger than normal behaviour also try to trace what may have made him worse and conversly anything that may improve his condition.And what ever you do, if he discusses his delusions or hallucinations don't laugh at him or make him feel silly, even if they are really shocking; if he feels you want to mock him or not take his suffering seriously you will loose his confidence and desire to confide in you, these people are lonely enough. Plus, reasuring your friend that everthing is going to be fine and that the hallusinations are just that, hallucinations that cant hurt him it will be a comfort and help him from slipping away with the fairies. and if he is having a really bad spell give him breathing space, dont appear overly concerned and badger him; try to do some things that he is interested in to help pull him out of it. Never dwell on negative things as this will make him worse. If he ever is snappy or down right rude brush it off, totally and absolutely ignore it, it is not personal. We all have our bad days.If there is a time you feel his is getting sick dont hesitate to contact his doctor for advice and ask your friend whether he feels like speaking with his doctor might be a good idea as you are concerned for him. Those with schizophrenia like to know they are loved and that someone cares, as long as they dont feel they aren't allowed to make decisions for themselves. Unless very sick they are capable of making decisions. Often these people are treated like babies and they find this is degrading and offensive. Often after they have come out of hospital they talk of how humiliated they felt and out of control because of how they were treated.All the best with the care of your friend.Agape,searchingsam.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 19, 2006
    • 11:17 AM
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