Posted by Lao Tzu on February 17, 2011, at 15:54:11
In reply to Re: Schizophrenia:Medication and Vitamins » Lao Tzu, posted by former poster on February 14, 2011, at 14:57:01
My psychiatrist thinks it is great I am reading up on cognitive behavioral therapy. It is enlightening and useful, but I don't know to what degree it will help since schizophrenia is largely a biochemical illness, but psychology can work wonders once you've stabilized in a chemical sense. I'm just going to read every book I can get my hands on and fill my mind with knowledge on the subject. I had psychology courses back in college, but that was so long ago (pre-psychosis), and I don't remember much. CBT to me sounds logical and simple, but schizophrenia is a complex thought disorder that may benefit in some sense from CBT. I only recommend it for schizophrenics who have stabilized on medication. First thing is first, you know?I think it takes a lot of effort to use the CBT for schizophrenics than it would be for normal people, just because the illness is so severe, but I am finding that it does help me feel better and relax a little more. However, medication and vitamin therapy is a must for schizophrenia. The CBT probably should come after this is achieved. At least, that's seems to be the most efficient plan for myself because CBT didn't work for me when I was first diagnosed schizophrenic. My mind was somewhere else all the time, and I was very disorganized in thought and action, and all I could think about was my delusions. At the time, I didn't do anything to help myself, not even take medication. Eventually, with help from my family, I stabilized on medication and have been doing fine ever since. The thing that really helped was getting injections of Risperdal every two weeks. That way I had no choice but to comply with the treatment, and this is what returned me to a more normal, functioning human being.