Asylum Seekers and Cultural Trauma refugees experience in their first year of settlement

One of the most common things that is overlooked when it comes to refugees and asylum seekers is the cultural trauma they experience after resettling in a new country. When they are transplanted from a place they understand and are comfortable in to a place that is completely foreign, the cultural adjustment can be extremely difficult. This trauma can have a very strong effect on someone’s mental health, leading to anxiety, stress, depression, and other mental illnesses. Often, even the most inviting countries will focus support on things like employment, childcare, and physical health, overlooking the mental health aspects of this type of drastic cultural shakeup.

There are also two sides to this issue; competing forces that can have a negative impact on a refugee’s mental health. While it is one thing for a person to experience dramatically different cultural practices when they move to a new place, it is another for the people who have lived there for some time to accept a newcomer. Or to put it another way, an asylum seeker may find it difficult to integrate into new culture and those around them may not accept the refugee right away. This type of situation can have a very negative impact on someone’s mental health. Cultural isolation can lead directly to depression and a whole host of other mental health issues.

One of the most positive things a refugee can do once arriving in a new culture is to build a support system. Asylum seekers will likely experience all kinds of trauma as a result of culture shock, and having the proper assistance in place to help cope can make a significant difference. While making friends and colleagues can take time, professional help in the form of counselling can give refugees an outlet to talk about their feelings and deal with the struggles that can come with dramatically changing your living situation.

It may an individual, a couple, or an entire family seeking resettlement; no matter if it is a single person or a group of people feeling the trauma of having to move to a new country, there is almost always a negative mental health impact. With few physical symptoms, it can sometimes be difficult to notice a mental health issue, especially when there are all kinds of stresses prevalent in someone’s life. With that said, seeking asylum in a new country is something that will take a huge toll on the mental health of even the strongest person. While it is easy for people to offer refugee’s financial aid, being a friend can be just as important. Whether you support them by listening to their concerns and lending a helping hand or by recommending a good counsellor, embracing newcomers is very valuable.

The first year of settlement is the most important time; it is a time when refugees are the most vulnerable and often the least comfortable. Things like language barriers, a lack of socializing, and stress from finding work and building a new home can lead to serious mental health issues. When these mental health problems go untreated they tend to build up and make settling quite difficult. Things like depression and anxiety can be very detrimental for a family trying to turn a foreign land into their new place of residence. Counselling is one type of treatment that can have a very positive impact, although it often goes overlooked in the process of resettling.

That is why having a positive discussion about the trauma asylum seekers and refugees experience during their first year of settlement is needed. Our March Mental Health Seminar aims to promote that discussion, with professionals offering mental health treatment tactics, counselling information, and talking about the topic at large.

Anyone interested in learning more about this topic should attend the seminar; just talking about an issue can lead to a great change. In a world where refugees are very prevalent, it has never been more important to examine these issues.

Domestic Violence and Mental Health - Male Victims

Domestic violence is an issue that is starting to be discussed more, and rightfully so. When stigma is removed from talking about abuse, it is easier for the victims to escape their relationships and find safety. However, with that said, male victims of domestic violence still face extreme cultural stigma, making it difficult to come forward and seek help. With a society that places such importance on masculinity and often disregards violence against men as a joke, men who are being abused in domestic relationships face high levels of scrutiny. This type of treatment can lead to many different mental health issues; ranging from depression and stress to anxiety and panic attacks, male victims face a wide array of challenges that can only intensify their trauma.

Mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, and panic attacks can cause intense trauma in an individual’s life. Especially when prior trauma has been caused by domestic violence, seeking help for possible underlying mental health problems is extremely important. There is a real stigma attached to discussing mental health to begin with, so coming forward to ask for help can be very difficult. However, when it is a male victim of domestic violence, that stigma is compounded and the chances of men coming forward fall drastically.

As such, even if a man does recognize that he needs help, he may be unlikely to seek help and receive appropriate treatment. This can be detrimental not only to the male victim after he leaves an abusive relationship, but also a large deterrent to leave the relationship in the first place. By having a serious discussion about how domestic violence can affect men, we can end the stigma surrounding it and will increase the number of men who seek help.

One of the responsibilities we, in society, have in regard to the issue of male victims of domestic violence is to be receptive and helpful. By recognizing a friend or colleague is in need and extending a helping hand, we can all better the world around us. Treatment of mental health issues is very important, especially if the events which caused such issues is domestic violence. Trauma of this kind can require counselling, medication, or other tactics in order to help rebuild trust, confidence, and self-esteem in victims. Community building can be a large part of the treatment process; victims of domestic violence need a support system in place to help them through treatment and rehabilitation. 

Counselling can be a very positive way to approach the healing process for a male victim of domestic violence. It is extremely important to have a positive discussion about past events and promote healthy relationships, talking about feelings, and creating a safe place for people to ask for help. Specifically with male victims, this can be a very difficult thing to accomplish, but that is why starting the discussion is so important. Our March Mental Health Seminar is focused on promoting a discussion around topics like male victims of domestic violence, covering areas of how to heal after being in an abusive, traumatic relationship.

One way we hope to end the stigma around this issue is by having a professional, engaging, and open discussion about it. Our professional counsellors and industry leaders will present treatment options, talk about counselling as a healing tool for victims of domestic violence, and promote a safe, positive place to examine the issues surrounding this topic. While there is a strong stigma in society around men being victims of domestic violence, it is something that happens and is something that demands to be taken seriously. Our seminar aims to give this area a voice and we will do our part to help bring about great change in this field. 

Domestic Violence and Mental Health - Violence against Women

Domestic violence can be completely devastating on an individual; apart from any physical harm, and even after a woman is able to escape an abusive relationship, women who are victims of domestic violence can often exhibit mental health issues. After leaving a relationship that was plagued by domestic violence, it is important for a victim to receive proper treatment in order to help support their mental health recovery.

Depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and high levels of stress are all mental health issues that can be derived from abusive relationships. For a female victim, it can often be difficult to reach out for help or even understand the problem. It is important for them to know, however, that although such trauma can be extremely difficult to comprehend, there are treatment options available to them, specifically through a combination of counselling services and other positive rehabilitation tactics.

When a victim of trauma exhibits symptoms of mental health issues, people must acknowledge them and have a responsibility to offer help. Whether they lend a helping hand or are able to point a victim in the direction of professional help, it is key that a victim of domestic violence not feel like an outsider in the world.

Women are sometimes not believed, victimized, or even ignored when they try to tell their personal stories. People often turn a blind eye and choose to not address the problem, leaving the female victim even more isolated and leading to more substantial mental health problems. Domestic violence trauma can in some cases, even, lead victims to having suicidal thoughts. While it is very unfortunate that these are truths, it is very important to discuss these issues and provide treatment for those who are in need.

We can start by listening to victims. By hearing their stories and giving them the assistance they need. Often, it can be extremely difficult for an individual to leave an abusive relationship; sometimes taking care of mental health problems can become an afterthought or forgotten altogether, but that needs to end. 

Counselling services are one way to start the path to a positive, healthy mental space. While a counsellor may be able to offer advice or tips to fight triggers of traumatic memories, help rebuild trust in relationships, and make a victim feel safe, one of the most important things to do is to just let it out. Talking about issues can make them less daunting, will make female victims of domestic violence feel more included in society, and will foster a sense of community that can be used to fight mental illnesses like depression and anxiety.

There are many ideas about how to treat mental health issues, but one of the most positive ways to start thinking about a possible cure is to have a discussion. Trauma, as a result of mental health, can be devastating for female victims of domestic violence. Talking about that trauma, although it may be almost unbearable at times, is a way to provide healing for a victim. But it is equally as important to have someone listening on the other end.

Our March Mental Health Seminar aims to discuss some of these issues and bring to light treatment options for women who have suffered from domestic violence and are having issues with their mental health. To learn more, we urge anyone who is interested to attend our seminar, where you you can trust the guidance of our professional counselors to provide knowledge, treatment options, and a helping hand to those in need. Mental health is a serious topic and we are dedicated to having a responsible, professional discussion about it in order to lead to positive change. 

Forensic Mental Health, the Law & Practical Application

When it comes to mental illness, there are many different aspects related to their effects on society. One area of study centres around forensic mental health, which arises when someone with a mental illness is caught up in the law. The forensic mental health system is important for a variety of reasons, and significant in helping determine proper outcome of criminal cases involving those who suffer from mental illness. In some cases, people who have committed a crime may not, because of their mental state, be aware of or understand what they have done, or they may be unable to understand what the outcome of their actions will be.

There are many myths about mental health, including that people who suffer from mental illnesses use their troubles as an excuse for behaviour. However, these myths need to be dispelled and mental health problems taken seriously. Forensic mental health is used to look beyond public perception and dive into the scientific evidence behind someone’s actions. It looks at the contributing factors that influenced someone’s decisions, most often in the case of someone breaking the law or acting in a disorderly way. Falsehoods about mental health are quite counterintuitive and very damaging toward not only the individual who may have committed a crime because of their mental illness, but to society as a whole because of its lack of a basis in truth. This leads to further trauma in their lives and influences their future decision making.

Forensic mental health is necessary in order to make sure that cases are dealt with in an appropriate manner. If someone is suffering from a mental health issue, such as schizophrenia or paranoia, incarceration is likely not going to benefit anyone involved. They may end up repeating their offence after being released because the underlying problem that caused them to take an action in the first place was not addressed. To this point, forensic mental health can lead to more positive outcomes in the judicial system, such as ordering an offender to receive treatment and or serve a sentence in a facility that is equipped to offer proper rehabilitation and help for an individual. Forensic mental health is not only beneficial to society at large by offering the offender adequate and appropriate help, it can help decrease the likelihood of those offences occurring repeatedly through treatment instead of purely punishing the individual.

When someone who is suffering from a mental illness is convicted of a crime and sentenced solely to jail time, it only fuels the confusion, frustration, and lack of compassion that plagues the world of mental health. There are more progressive, helpful, and appropriate ways to deal with a situation. While serious crimes to require severe punishment in some cases, forensic mental health aims to tackle the underlying disorders or diseases which influence poor decision making.

Through counselling, medication, and rehabilitation, people suffering from mental health problems can see a positive impact and become contributing members of society. Sometimes traditional methods of punishment are in no way effective, which wastes time, money, and leads to repeated behaviour. It can also lead to more intense suffering for the person who has the mental illness, fueling the fire so to speak.

There are many different players in forensic mental health. From judges to lawyers to the police, many different authorities need to understand its effectiveness as a rehabilitation tool. Awareness and understanding of mental health illnesses and how they can affect and influence an individual’s actions is important.

It is our aim at our March Mental Health Seminar to raise more questions surrounding this topic and discuss how to be most effective in implementing quality forensic mental health practices. We urge anyone who is interested in this area to attend in order to learn more and help end the shame, falsehoods, and inadequate rehabilitation that is prevalent in society.


A Brief introduction to Mindfulness

 

 

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a special way of paying attention that can help with how people cope with everyday life or deal with tough times. Practicing mindfulness can have great benefits for your physical and mental health. Mindfulness as a concept has its origins in largely obscure Buddhist concepts from around 2,600 years ago, and today it is practiced all over the world through a variety of different methods, some of which can be done in your own home.

How to practice Mindfulness

Practicing mindfulness is a relatively simple thing to organise to do, as there are no requirements other than a quiet place to relax. When practicing mindfulness, try to focus solely on the present moment, without thinking about things that went on in the past, or things that may be coming up in the future. While focusing on the present moment, it is also important to purposefully concentrate on what is happening around you, things you can see, hear, smell, taste and touch. Allowing thoughts to come into your mind is also important, however the key is to practice how to notice these thoughts without letting your mind focus on those thoughts. Thoughts and feelings will still come during mindfulness exercises, but the main thing to remember is to recognise the thoughts without identifying with them. Let the thoughts remain thoughts, without them influences what you are thinking. The key to mindfulness is remaining aware of what is happening around you and what you are feeling, without allowing your mind to focus on things that may distract you.

What are the benefits to mindfulness?

Mindfulness has many benefits to both physical and mental health, and can help to; relieve stress, improve sleep, manage depression and anxiety, control emotions, improve memory, reduce heart rate and cope with pain. Other benefits that can come from mindfulness include improved focus, less emotional reactivity, more cognitive flexibility, greater relationship satisfaction and improved self- insight. Most of these benefits come naturally with simply having greater control over your thoughts and emotions.

What activities are there to promote Mindfulness?

There are a wide variety of activities that can be used to promote mindfulness. A lot of these can be done in the comfort of your own home.

1.       Mindfulness Meditation, which was discussed above and focuses on relaxing in a quiet place while focusing on the present moment and what is going on around you.

2.       Savouring, which is taking the time to enjoy and appreciate an activity that you are doing. This can be any experience such as eating a meal, conversation or enjoying the view. There are many other things that can be savoured, those were but a few examples. The key to savouring is to pay really close attention to the details, including being aware of smells, sights, tastes, things you can feel and sounds.

3.       Mindful breathing, which simply has you focus on your breathing. How your body feels when taking in a breath, and the things that happen when you inhale and exhale.

4.       Mental photography which is taking mental images of things you want to remember. The easiest way to do this, is to think about the details you would like to capture in your picture and focus on those things.

 

 

References

1.       How to be more Mindful. [Available at]:  http://au.reachout.com/how-to-be-more-mindful

2.       Daphne Davis, What are the benefits of mindfulness. [Available at]: http://www.apa.org/monitor/2012/07-08/ce-corner.aspx

Wil Wheaton - Actor, Depression, Anxiety

Wil Wheaton in an American Actor and writer probably best known for playing Wesley Crusher in Star Trek: The Next Generation and a fictionalised version of himself on The Big Bang Theory. Wil Wheaton also suffers from Generalised Anxiety Disorder and chronic depression. Wil Wheaton has shared his experiences online through a website called Project UROK to try and attempt to raise awareness about mental health issues. Wil also uses his own blog to raise awareness of mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.


Generalised Anxiety Disorder is a condition that often presents itself with long periods of anxiety, often with no obvious cause. These periods of being effected by anxiety can last for periods ranging from hours, to day or even months at a time. Generalised Anxiety Disorder is relatively common among Australians, with up to 6% of the Australian population experiencing Generalised Anxiety Disorder at some point in their lives. Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) differs from ‘normal’ anxiety in a number of different ways, but the most obvious difference is the scope and the severity of the symptoms. While most of the time anxiety can crop up for a person around a specific event or location, people who suffer from GAD can become severely anxious over anything at all often without the sufferer realising what it causing the anxiety. 


Wil Wheaton is a part of Project UROK, whose goal is to raise awareness for mental health issues. Aa a part of project UROK, Wil shared his story about how he came to grips with his mental health issues and his journey to overcome this illness. He spoke about his struggles in day to day life, and how long his mental illness had been effecting him. He lived with almost constant anxiety and depression for approximately 15-20 years before realising that it was a symptom of his mental illness.


After a particularly stressful incident at a particularly busy airport, Will’s wife suggested that he seek help, and Wil started seeing a psychologist. After he began working with his psychologist, Wil started seeing an improvement in his mental health. One day, while walking with his wife, he realised that he was feeling well within himself for the first time in a long time. “I realised that I wasn’t just existing anymore, I was actually living my life.” 


Wheaton uses both his work on Project UROK and his personal blog to try to encourage people who are suffering with depression and anxiety to seek help. "Live life with depression, rather than live life through depression," he says.


"You are not the only person in the world who has anxiety. You are not the only person in the world who has depression. And you are not the only person who has had thoughts of self-harm. But there are people who want to help you."

 

The mental health of earth's most travelled humans - Migrants & Mental Health


The current status of the world as a global village has seen a lot of people migrating from their country to another country generally in search of greener pastures. Other reasons for migration could include official duty, asylum seeking and tourism amongst others.


A person seeking asylum is someone who has had to run away from their own country and appeals to the government of a different country to protect them. There are a number of reasons that a person may seek asylum in a different country, but the most often reasons are to escape persecution or violence, violations of human rights or natural/manmade disasters. The persecution they are facing can be due to their religion, race, social group membership or gender.  


When a government accepts the claim of a person who is seeking for asylum, the person is referred to as a refugee. In recent times, a lot of asylum seekers have been moving from Sudan and the Middle East to other countries including Australia, due to the high rates of violence and persecution in some of these countries.


These asylum seekers however come along with a lot of attendant problem for the countries they are coming into if proper measures are not put in place. Countries that are accepting asylum seekers need to ascertain both the physical and mental health status of the asylum seekers. Those who are forced to flee their home countries often have poor mental health for a wide variety of reasons. The previous trauma associated with the cause for them leaving their own country, as well as having to start a new life in an unfamiliar country would probably have a large negative impact on anyone’s mental health.
Looking at previous experiences, the asylum seekers are leaving their previous country as a result of being displaced or due to violence and terrorism. This implies that they have suffered famine, war, persecution and even torture in some cases in their previous country of residence. They could also have suffered from stress due to family separations.


The long time some countries including Australia take in attending to refugee claims of asylum seekers could also lead to mental disorders among this vulnerable group. In most cases, the asylum seekers are detained which results in a further negative impact on their mental health status.  They are also affected by the stress of worrying about a future that is not certain. A lot of asylum seekers may have been profitably employed in their previous area of residence before they were displaced. They probably had a house, a family, and a car, however, once they made the choice to seek asylum in another country, they have lost some or all of these as they only have their family in the event that they have not being separated or killed. This stress could lead to posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the asylum seekers, compounding on the factors already affecting their mental health status.


Some individuals also find it difficult adapting to change. A refugee status in Australia and other countries would entail adapting to a new society. There could also be language barriers as they might not be able to speak or understand English properly. In few cases, they might not even have knowledge about any English words. They might also become victims of racism while trying to adapt to their new lifestyle and location and in the event of any crisis, they might become victims of xenophobia.


These are the worries of many asylum seekers and refugees which can have serious negative impacts on their mental wellbeing. The mental health status of asylum seekers and refugees should thus be checked regularly and treated appropriately as they are, as a group, incredibly susceptible to a wide variety of factors which can negatively impact mental health.

 

Demi Lovato - Bipolar, Singer, Advocate

Demi Lovato


Demetria Devonte aka Demi Lovato is an American singer, song writer and actress.  She was a child actress who retained her shine and talent transitioning from acting to singing and song writing.  But this glorious star has not been without her trials and has battled bipolar disorder for years.  While being very private about if for a long time the singer-actress-songwriter has opened up about her mental illness and is helping to fight the stigma associated with people suffering from similar afflictions of the mind.


Bipolar disorder is a serious long term mental ailment in which the victim has periods of low self-confidence and very opposite periods of exuberant energy or highs.  The disease can be treated with mood stabilizers which even out the sufferer’s mood to leave them more mellow and level headed.  It is also helpful to sit down with a professional to be able to talk about the issues afflicting the mind and heart of the sufferer.  


During the highs, the sufferer is unable to be beaten down.  They are happy cheerful and a source of joy to all the people around them.  It is also during these periods we can also see flashes of incredible genius.  It is also common to find that people with bipolar disorder are incredibly gifted individuals whose talent is unrivaled.  


However during the lows there is no picking them up.  The sufferer is easily saddened and deeply so by any occurrence and it is sadly around this time that often they take their own lives.  The low periods can last for hours of even weeks.  There is no science to calculate exactly how long this lasts.


The high and low moods can be triggered by a number of factors e.g. memories, smells that bring back certain memories and also the environment.  A large portion of teenagers and young people suffer from bi-polar disorder.  In today’s world it is not easy being a teenager or a young adult.  With the amount of influences that young people are bombarded with today, including suggestive programming on the TV and radio not to mention social media, it is little wonder that the pressure on the young mind has increased tenfold.


Peer groups also might not offer a source of support and the amount of abuse that comes from family who are sensitive about mental issues does not help either.  Often these pressures send the victim into a downward spiral of drugs and despair as they seek to self-medicate and find relief from their suffering.


There are two main types of bipolar disorder.  In the first it might begin with lows and in the other you get hypomania. The shocking number of people suffering from the disease is as much as 1 in 50 and although the cause is unknown it is been noted that it is prevalent in certain families and not in others.


Demi today uses her fame and popularity with teenagers and young adults to raise awareness about the disease.  She is part of ‘’Be Vocal’’, an initiative launched across America by the singer, which encourages people to use their voice (influence) to raise awareness on mental health problems.


In an interview with the Huffington Post she explained that a lot of mental health issues are not being discussed but people are willing and craving to talk about these issues.  She also sees mental illness as a physical illness in a way saying that the brain is a physical organ and the mental illness is an illness of the brain and hence it is a physical illness.  She raised this point when asked why people see a distinction between mental and physical illnesses.

 

Robin Williams - Depression, Comedian, Actor,

Robin Williams quote.

Robin Williams

The critically acclaimed funny man and star of many movies such as 'Good Morning Vietnam' and 'Good Will Hunting' (arguably his finest piece) was found dead at his California home on the 13th August 2014.  He was loved and respected by many and tributes poured in from all over the globe, including President Barack Obama and his family.  Robin had been battling depression and Parkinson’s disease for years.


Ha made people laugh but felt alone.  Although he touched so many people through his work and brought happiness and laughter into their lives, no one was able to do the same for him. He once said that people who suffer the most sadness in their lives try to make other people happy and try to prevent them from suffering the same sadness that they themselves have been through.


There is a big stigma in society today concerning mental illness and depression.  There are millions battling with depression and other mental illnesses but they feel unable to come forward to seek help, due in part to the perceived label that comes with admitting it.  You can hear such labels vocalized in insults such as ‘retard’, ‘soft in the head’. ‘Loon’, etc.  The givers of these insults range from school pupils to the elderly.  There is nowhere safe from the attack and abuse the mentally ill suffer.


While society recognizes the reality of physical ailments such as cancer, HIV or even a headache, society is reluctant to accept the common nature of mental illnesses.  The mentally ill are often abused, not just physically but also sexually, emotionally, financially and psychologically.  This constant barrage of hate is one of the key reasons that people are often reluctant to seek out help when they need it.


Those who are bold enough to seek help, or those who are forced to do so due to their circumstances experience this discrimination and abuse first hand. The stigma associated with mental illness, whether it is perceived or factual, never goes away for them and can even effect their family and loved ones.  Society is even willing to ostracize the family members of people who suffer from depression and label them a ‘’crazy family’’.  There are cases of parents frowning upon and even stopping the marriage of their sons or daughters to someone who has a family member suffering from depression.


Even within religious movements, there are those who believe that mental health issues are curses from a divine being, placed upon people who have somehow done something wrong.  People with mental health issues can even be beaten and forced to endure untold physical abuse, all in the name of trying to 'cure' them of their affliction. With this kind of attitude being displayed by people, how can anyone be expected to seek help in regards to mental health issues?


In the case of Robin Williams the question we are faced with is; was this a case of suicide or murder by society?  In holding onto what we deem as reasonable and safe social etiquette, did society ultimately doom Robin Williams by creating an unsafe environment for him to live in?  
People with depression are often very sensitive and often this is a part of the nature of a victim.  They are often so touched by the suffering around them that it takes a toll on them especially if they are unable to do anything about it.  Someone like that is unlikely to want to ‘’burden’’ their family, friends or society with any issues they feel will only weigh their family down. As a result they tend to hold it all inside until the volcano erupts and they are the ultimate victim.


However there are a range of services and outreaches e.g. the Samaritans who provide counselling and advice for people with depression. Such services can be literally life saving, as talking to someone who cares is a good way to alleviate some of the suffering. While it might not take it away completely, continued counselling and help often allow the victim a means of release and a way to manage their condition. If you feel that you might be suffering, please talk to someone today, don't keep it all in.

Brief Introduction to Schizoaffective disorder

What is Schizoaffective disorder?

schizoaffective-disorder-definition

Schizoaffective disorder is the amalgamation of schizophrenia and mood disorders, this is perhaps the reason why this specific condition is not as well defined as other mental disorders. People suffering from schizoaffective disorder are often found struggling in their personal and professional lives. Untreated patients find solace in isolation and tend to live lonely lives.

Brief History of Schizoaffective disorder

Jacob Kasanin in 1933 coined the term schizoaffective psychosis, before that this disease was treated as another mental disorder [1]. Since this disease is one of those rare mental disorders in which the patient suffers from both mood swings and schizophrenia, thus the doctors and psychiatrists initially thought it to be another form of schizophrenia. Kasanin was the first person who claimed it to be a special disorder as he thought that this mental condition of patient lied somewhere in between schizophrenia and mood disorder.

How Schizoaffective Disorder Works

Person suffering from schizoaffective disorder is accustomed of having paranoid thoughts and confusions which leads to delusions and hallucinations. Patients have also reported that their thoughts are pretty much disorganized due to which they tend to speak quickly and abruptly in order to overcome their confusions. Depression is another major symptom of schizoaffective disorder that affects the social life of the patient.

Current treatment options for Schizoaffective Disorder

Treatment of Mental Illness before modern medicine.

Treatment of Mental Illness before modern medicine.

Doctors usually prescribe therapy and medication in order to overcome depression and mood swings.

Once the patient gets rid of his depression then the process of psychotherapy and counseling starts, which helps the patient come out of his shell. Antidepressants are also recommended by some psychiatrists but should be used carefully.

7 tips to help manage schizoaffective disorder

Schizoaffective disorder is a common mental disorder nowadays and can easily be cured following few simple techniques.

  1. Antidepressants help the patient get out of depression and also help with the mood swings. These are also found helpful in overcoming feelings of hopelessness and sadness.
  2. If the patient is having trouble with delusions and hallucinations then antipsychotics are the best solution. Doctors usually prescribe these to the patients who found it difficult to fight absurd thoughts and weird notions. These although prove mighty helpful but should only be used if prescribed by a specialist.
  3. Mood stabilizers also help if the patient is suffering from bi-polar mental disorder. As the patient goes through different phases of depression and mania, thus these mood stabilizers help the patient stay normal.
  4. Family counseling is an integral part of treatment of schizoaffective disorder as the patient trusts only few people, thus support from family can help patient recover quickly.
  5. Group therapy is also advised by some doctors as the patients get to know each other and easily open to people that are suffering from same disorder thus patients recover speedily if they attend regular sessions.
  6. Counseling is another remedy for this particular disorder and is found to be effective as the specialists use number of techniques which help in the fast recovery of patient.
  7. Patient himself/herself needs to show courage and should have a strong conviction which will help them come out of this trauma quickly. 

References:
1.    Schizoaffective disorder, [Available at]: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schizoaffective_disorder#History