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SCHIZOPHRENIA

What it is?

Schizophrenia is a mental disorder often characterized by abnormal social behavior and failure to recognize what is real. Common symptoms include false beliefs, unclear or confused thinking, auditory hallucinations, reduced social engagement and emotional expression, and inactivity. Diagnosis is based on observed behavior and the person’s reported experiences.

What causes it?

No specific cause of schizophrenia has been detected so far though genetic and social factors seem to play causative role in many cases. Imbalance in neurotransmiters in brain is suspected to be behind the disease. Many schizophrenics have enlarged brain ventricles which suggests degeneration as a possible cause. In Ayurveda, imbalance in psychich energies (Sattva, Raja, Tama) supported by imbalance of physical energies (vata, pitta, kapha) are believed to cause various mental disorders. This applies to schizophrenia as well. Lack of mental discipline, indulgence in negative thoughts and activities and negative emotions like hatred, anger etc are known to cause imbalance in psychich enegies (namely sattva, raja and tama) which in turn leads to diseases like schizophrenia.

Symptoms :

1. Hearing or seeing something that isn’t there

2. A constant feeling of being watched

3. Peculiar or nonsensical way of speaking or writing

4. Strange body positioning

5. Feeling indifferent to very important situations

6. Deterioration of academic or work performance

7. A change in personal hygiene and appearance

8. A change in personality

9. Increasing withdrawal from social situations

10. Irrational, angry or fearful response to loved ones

11. Inability to sleep or concentrate

12. Inappropriate or bizarre behavior

13. Extreme preoccupation with religion or the occult

Diet & Lifestyle

1. Improper food habits, lack of discipline in personal life and unsocial attitude.

2. Getting up early enough in morning, avoiding to keep awake at night, doing physical exercises, playing games etc do good to mind.

3. Yoga, Pranayam & Meditation are well known for helping in mental problems.

4. Eating fresh food, vegetables, seasonal fruits and avoiding non-veg, fast food and liquor