When diagnosed as a schizophrenic, a person is often in denial for many weeks, months, or even years about their disease. Schizophrenia doesn’t present itself until after years of normal development and, oftentimes, well into the life of a person’s career. Once diagnosed with schizophrenia, a person must get through the denial stage so that he can get the help he needs.
Schizophrenia affects both men and women; however, it is more prevalent in men and the symptoms seem to be worse for them as a whole. Schizophrenia does not discriminate between races, religions, or cultures and it is present in every nation worldwide.
The best way to treat this disease is with medications even though it can take several trial and error sessions to find the right combination for a individual. Each person is different and schizophrenia behaves differently in each one of them. Some schizophrenics have paranoid delusions or psychotic episodes while others do not. Psychiatrists can help to determine the best treatment for an individual and will monitor the person during the trial period to ensure that it is working.
Another factor to consider while deciding on a medication is the side effects that can come with any antipsychotic. Some people go off of their meds after only a few weeks because they can’t tolerate the effects that the medicines cause. However, these effects can be controlled and the medications can be changed to find one that better suits a person’s body chemistry and needs. So, staying in touch with the doctor and making sure that he has all the information is vital for a successful treatment.