Therapeutic influence of caregivers
Schizophrenia is a chronic disease, requiring long-term therapy, usually throughout the entire life of the patient.
In order to ensure proper functioning of a schiziphrenic patient, it is necessary that he/she complied with recommended medication regimen. Made use of various types of availabe therapy and followed the rules of proper diet, was involved in physical activity and social contacts. The role of family members is to support a close relative in various stages of disease. In the majority of patients, the course of schizophrenia is characterised by recurring psychotic episodes.
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The disease is most severe within approx. 5 years from its onset.
We are talking about the, so-called, critical period with frequent psychotic episodes, which cause progressive brain damage, resulting in longer and longer periods of inpatient therapy, higher and higher drug resistance, fixing of psychotic symptoms, deterioration of memory and executive functions, the loss of job and functional impairment in family and in surrounding environment.
The most important objective of long-term therapy is to prevent disease relapses and their negative consequences. The underlying assumption is to support the patient in regular intake of antipsychotic medicines and motivate towards various forms of therapy.
The therapeutic influence of caregivers requires not only empathy but, first of all, extensive knowledge of the disease and its therapy and the ability of observation and proper communication, tailored to the patient's capacity.
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It is very important for the patient to have close people around to talk about the treatment. It is important that these talks support the patient and his or her effective treatment in a constructive way. mental support is invaluable.