What is Schizophrenia?
Schizophrenia is a chronic and severe mental disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. People who have this seem they lost touch with reality and symptoms can be very disabling.
This can include hallucinations like a person hearing or seeing things others can’t. Delusions that can cause problems in concentration or thinking. Also having negative symptoms that can make emotions and speaking dull.
Mental Retardation and Schizophrenia
What is Mental Retardation?
Mental Retardation is a dialectal ability that will decreased one's ability to adapt to their environment. This includes lack of Intellect and or adaptive behaviors like being able to learn to take care of themselves or going through day-to-day life.
What is the Connection between Mental Retardation and Schizophrenia?
There are many cases in which people will have both Mental Retardation and Schizophrenia, affecting behavior and thinking. For example, in a case report a thirteen-year-old patient with schizophrenia who has a background history of mental retardation. More info can be found about it here.
Take Your Medicine
While treating Schizophrenia, it is good to make sure you get most of of the medication so take your medications regularly. It is also good to watch for side affects and avoid drug interactions as this can be can be harmful.
Help From Others
It is also wise to get some help from people your know or understand the situation you are in. The love and support of family and friends plays an important role in schizophrenia treatment. With not being able to think strait, it is good to have people to put you on the right track.
Handling Mental RETARDATION
Take Care of Yourself
It is good to make sure you can take care of yourself so that way you can have more ease in the future. Good things to do is eat brain foods that are easily digestible and do brain exercises which can help come out of the disease more easily.
Get Cared By Others
Similar to schizophrenia, it is great to have support from others, especially with mental retardation. With a slow learning ability, helping a person with retardation through everyday life can help the person slowly understand how to go through a normal lifestyle by himself.
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