Schizophrenia and death

Schizophrenia is an extremely dangerous disease. Young people most often suffer from it. If we take into account the statistical data, it turns out that the patient is 27 years old at the time of diagnosis. Very often, the diagnosis causes the patient to be excluded from family, professional and social life. Schizophrenia must be treated, otherwise it can even lead to premature death. It is much more dangerous than anxiety depression. Symptoms in its initial stage are very similar to symptoms of depression.

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1. What is schizophrenia?

It is a mental illness. It is estimated that about 400,000 people suffer from schizophrenia. Young people between eighteen and thirty-five are most often affected. It is often the case that society stigmatizes a sick person and very often recognizes that a person suffering from schizophrenia is incapable of functioning properly in society. That is why very often people suffering from schizophrenia are removed from society, excluded from family life, and they lose their jobs.

Schizophrenia is a very serious disease

It is worth knowing that the loss of a job by patients with schizophrenia is most often associated with hospitalizations. The more times a patient with schizophrenia is treated in hospital, the more likely he is to lose his job. Most people who lose their jobs as a result of this disease go on a disability pension.

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2. Treatment of schizophrenia

In the early stages, schizophrenia has symptoms similar to anxiety depression. So sometimes the two conditions can be confused. For treatment of schizophrenia to be effective, it must be started as early as possible. The primary method is pharmacotherapy as it prevents further psychotic episodes. Medicines for schizophrenia are available in the form of tablets or injections. They must be taken on the recommendation and under the supervision of a physician. However, the most effective results in the treatment of schizophrenia can be achieved with multi-factor therapy. The elements of such therapy are medications, psychotherapy, social and professional support. Treatment that emphasizes keeping the patient in their social and professional roles is very effective.

3. Death as a result of schizophrenia

Untreated schizophrenia can lead to premature death. The results of the research carried out on the sick are appalling. It turns out that schizophrenia can shorten a patient's life from 15 to 25 years. These patients live shorter lives than those with AIDS or those with most cancers. The reason for this is the way schizophrenia works.It occurs in relapses - each subsequent relapse causes irreversible damage to the brain. The more relapses there are, the greater the damage. Therefore, treatment is needed to prevent further sequelae. In addition, people with schizophrenia are up to four times more obese than the rest of the population and are much more likely to develop diabetes. Patients with schizophrenia are diagnosed with heart disease and cancer later than the rest of the population. The vast majority of patients are addicted to nicotine, alcohol and drugs. All this contributes to the fact that the risk of early death of a person suffering from schizophrenia is even three times higher than in the rest of the society. That is why proper and quick diagnosis is so important, which will allow for effective treatment of the disease.

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