The Schizophrenia Clinic at Vazhikatti strives to provide the best clinical care for individuals with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorders, and related conditions and also provides support for their families as well. The Schizophrenia clinic at Vazhikatti offers outpatient care, inpatient care with short-term hospitalization, and vocational rehabilitation planning for recovery.
Schizophrenia is a challenging mental illness—challenging for the patient, their families, and the community they live in. The typical psychotic symptoms and signs of schizophrenia include.
The causes, psychopathology, treatment methods, which include pharmacotherapy, psychoeducation, family therapy, occupational therapy, group therapy, individual psychotherapy like cognitive behavioural therapy, are still in active research. A cure for schizophrenia still remains elusive.
Schizophrenia can occur with different clinical types called subtypes of schizophrenia: paranoid, catatonic, hebephrenic, disorganized, simple, undifferentiated, and residual schizophrenia. Based on symptoms and signs, schizophrenia has also been classified as both positive-symptom schizophrenia and negative-symptom schizophrenia.
First-rank symptoms of schizophrenia, mainly auditory hallucinations and delusions involving thoughts, are helpful in clinical diagnosis. Schizoaffective disorder, Schizophreniform disorder and Depression with psychotic features are other clinical conditions that can present like Schizophrenia.
Anxiety and depression can be prodromal early signs of schizophrenia in young adults before the typical psychotic symptoms and signs manifest.
When severely affected, people with schizophrenia may be found withdrawn into their own mental world, talking to themselves, muttering to themselves, laughing to themselves, making odd hand movements, wandering, neglecting their personal hygiene and appearance, agitated, fearful, and sometimes violently, breaking things and beating people.
The most challenging part of schizophrenia is the 'lack of insight' in the patient. "Lack of insight" means that the patient is not aware of the changes in himself/herself and denies any problem in him/her. Hence, they do not agree to treatment, and hence, bringing them to a psychiatric hospital for treatment becomes difficult.
The exclusive, dedicated Schizophrenia Clinic at Vazhikatti Mental Health Centre, led by an experienced psychiatrist, is being run every Tuesday, which provides the best treatment for Schizophrenia in Coimbatore.
The latest drug treatments for schizophrenia, specific individual psychotherapy like CBT, family therapy, psychoeducation, occupational therapy, psychosocial therapies/interventions, and rehabilitation planning are made available to patients with schizophrenia and their families.
Long-standing chronic schizophrenia and treatment-resistant schizophrenia are major challenges in the treatment of schizophrenia and Vazhikatti strives to bring in the latest research in these areas into our practise through the Schizophrenia clinic.