Schizophrenia is serious, chronic, and disabling mental disorder that affects about 1 percent of the entire American population of different races and age groups, though the usual age of onset is between 16 and 25. Schizophrenia interferes with the essential ability to think clearly, express adequate emotions, relate to others, and make decisions. Schizophrenia is similar to diabetes in that it is an intricate, long-term medical illness that affects everybody differently. In other words, the course of the disorder is unique for each person.
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There are known treatments for schizophrenia, though they usually have to be undertaken throughout the person’s life. The patient also needs much care from family and friends. If you or a loved one has schizophrenia, it is important that you apply for the Canadian Disability Tax Credit and other benefits that you are eligible for.
MORE ABOUT SCHIZOPHRENIA
Although the real causes of schizophrenia are unknown, research suggests that the illness is largely linked to problems in brain structure and chemistry. The disorder is most likely caused by a combination of issues, including genetic vulnerability and environmental factors that occur during growth.
DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT
There are a number of symptoms indicating schizophrenia, but the most common one is hallucinations or delusions. Individuals may also exhibit two or more of the following symptoms consistently:
People with these symptoms tend to “lose touch” with reality on a regular basis, sometimes more severe than others, depending on whether the person is receiving treatment. They include:
- Hallucinations – many people with this disorder hear voices talking about their behaviour, ordering them to do things, or warning them of danger, or even talking to each other. They also see non-existent people or things, smell non-existent odours, and feel invisible things touching their bodies.
- Delusions – people with schizophrenia tend to have false beliefs that are not true or logical.
- Thought disorders – an unusual or dysfunctional way of thinking that makes the person incapable of organising their thoughts
- Movement disorders – the person either repeats certain motions over and over or becomes catatonic – fails to move or respond to others
There are also symptoms that disrupt normal behaviours and emotions, causing the individual to appear lazy or unwilling to make a change. They’re harder to detect, and are often mistaken for depression or other conditions. They include:
- Lack of interest or pleasure in life
- Inability to start and follow through with activity
- Lack of expressiveness or emotional flatness
- Speaking little even when forced to interact
DO PEOPLE WITH SCHIZOPHRENIA GET BETTER?
Recovery is possible for many people with an all-encompassing treatment approach that includes therapy, medication, and psychosocial rehabilitation. So, over time, the individuals with schizophrenia are able to cope with their symptoms, maximise their function, and reduce their relapses.
If you have become disabled due to this conditions and they have a long-term disability policy we can seek compensation for any and all of the following:
- Ongoing health care and rehabilitation
- Assistive or mobility devices
- Modifications to the home (like access ramps and stair lifts) and vehicle
- Housekeeping assistance
- Loss of income
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
- Costs of future care
With the assistance of a skilled disability lawyer, you or a loved one with schizophrenia can successfully apply for those benefits. Call us today. We have the experience with these cases and are ready to help.
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