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Dr. Vikram Chauhan - MD (Ayurveda)

Monday, December 9, 2019

Treat Schizoaffective Disorder With Herbal Remedies

Schizoaffective is a chronic mental illness which starts with the simple mood fluctuations, but may take a severe form if not taken care of, at initial stage. According to several studies, it is regarded as a very rare health problem as only 0.3 % (approx.) of the total population is suffering from this infirmity. In most of the cases, it is incorrectly diagnosed as Schizophrenia (psychosis) or mood disorder at the primary stages. Actually it is a separate problem which consists of the combined features of the above mentioned conditions. As the name suggests schizoaffective, here, 'schizo' refers to the psychotic symptoms and 'affective' refers to the mood symptoms.

Schizoaffective Disorder

The time period of this sickness varies from person to person. The rate of schizoaffective frailty is almost same in both men and women, but men often develop it at an earlier age. The best part is this ailment can be managed effectively with the help of medications and therapies.

This article provides you all the important information including the types, causes, symptoms, herbal medications and the useful therapies, to help you get rid of this at the primary stages. Before that, a brief difference between schizophrenia and schizoaffective is also provided here in order to avoid further confusions and misdiagnosis.

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SCHIZOAFFECTIVE AND SCHIZOPHRENIC DISORDERS

Schizoaffective is a unique health issue including the features of mood disorders, depressive and bipolar types of schizophrenic. On the other hand, schizophrenic, being one of its parts, comprises of hallucinations (false perceptions) and delusions (false beliefs) only. It is a psychosis that affects the thinking, actions and expressions of a person. The major difference between the both is the individual suffering from schizophrenic hears sounds and sees the things, which do not exist in reality, though person suffering with schizoaffective ailment gets totally disconnected from the reality and faces frequent fluctuations in mood, behavior and energy.

TYPES OF SCHIZOAFFECTIVE DISORDER

There are two types of schizoaffective infirmity, similar as schizophrenia. These are:

  • Bipolar Type: It is commonly known as mood disorder, which includes both manic ‘highs’ and depressive ‘lows’ episodes. The manic symptoms are increase in energy and activity leading to many other related symptoms, rather, reduction in energy and activity results in the depressive symptoms, as mentioned below.
  • Depressive Type: It is usually known as depression consisting of the major depressive episodes only.

SYMPTOMS OF SCHIZOAFFECTIVE DISORDER

There are numerous symptoms of schizoaffective illness, depending upon the type; the most common of those are mentioned here. The sufferer may feel:

  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Irresponsible behavior
  • Sleeplessness
  • Hopelessness
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Hallucinations, i.e., watching and hearing the unreal things
  • Delusions, means, believing in the situations that does not happen
  • Inactiveness
  • Confused speech and thinking
  • Disorganized acts
  • Carelessness and lack of personal care
  • Feeling unexplained sensations
  • Frightening
  • Abnormal excitement and elation
  • Depression (feel of emptiness, sadness or worthless)
  • Impaired functioning at occupation, school and social sittings

CAUSES OF SCHIZOAFFECTIVE DISORDER

As it is a rare health issue and often misdiagnosed as the other, similar ones. The factors causing the schizoaffective disorder are not defined properly till the time. But, being its symptoms similar to that of the others, some of the factors causing schizoaffective disorder are considered as:

  • Genetic factors including father, mother or the close blood relations, suffering with Schizoaffective, schizophrenic or bipolar sickness
  • Improper Brain Structure and imbalanced brain circuits that control mood and thoughts
  • Stressful events such as unemployment, death in family, divorce, miscarriage, etc.
  • Consumption of Drugs
  • Childhood Trauma like sexual or physical abuse, neglect, and others.
  • Suffering with some serious health issues.

HERBAL REMEDIES FOR SCHIZOAFFECTIVE DISORDER BY PLANET AYURVEDA

We at Planet Ayurveda provides the following herbal remedies to treat the schizoaffective disorder along with a proper diet and a healthy lifestyle. All these remedies are absolutely free from any type of chemicals and do not create any side effect in the body.

Herbal Remedies for Schizoaffective Disorder

1. Brahmi Capsules

It contains Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) that boosts up the brain strength and increases the concentration power. Brahmi is also known as Babies Tear, in most of the places. It improves consciousness, enhances memory and ensures a healthy mind and body. It also helps in having a quality sleep and acts as a memory booster. According to researches, Brahmi influences the regeneration the brain cells in a positive way. These all remedial qualities of Brahmi help in treating the major symptoms of schizoaffective disorders. It is considered to be the best brain tonic, in Ayurveda, from the ancient times.

DOSE: ½ to 1 Teaspoon full twice daily with plain water, after meals.

2. Gotukola Capsules

Gotukola capsules from Planet Ayurveda are made up of the standardized extract of Gotu kola (Centella asiatica). This herb helps in proper functioning of brain and balancing the psychic energies within the body. It assures the proper brain functioning and boosts up the immunity. It is the most effective remedy for preventing and treating Depression.

DOSE: 1-2 Capsules twice a day with plain water, after meals.

3. Ashwagandha Capsules

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is considered to be the most important herb in Ayurveda. It maintains healthy body and balances the improper functioning of various body parts. It is well known for its ability to strengthen the immune system and prevents diseases. It improves the body structure as well as provides nourishment to each and every part of the body. It also regulates hormonal imbalance, controls stress and anxiety and manages sleeping disorders.

DOSE: 1-2 capsules two times a day with plain water after meals.

4. Medhya Churna

It enhances the concentration, self-esteem, and improves memory naturally. As the name says 'Medha' means 'Intelligence', it sharpens the brain, making an individual more intelligent. On the other hand it reduces the stress and mood disorders, which resultantly helps in memorizing the things for a longer time. Medhya Churna have a number of herbs including Sonth, Marich, Pipali, Brahmi, Ashwagandha, Shankhpushpi and others. These all herbs eliminate confusion in mind and rejuvenate the nervous system. Hence, is one of the best herbal remedy for the treatment of schizoaffective disorder.

DOSE: 1/2 spoon daily two times daily with plain water, after meals.

OTHER THERAPIES

The individuals who are suffering from schizoaffective disorder should include the following therapies in their lifestyle, with the above medications, so that it can be treated in a more effective way. To follow these therapies and getting a successful treatment needs the participation of individual as well as the family and the society. They will help in switching the mood of the patient from negative to positive aspects of life and will ensure a better living.

  • Mood stabilizing techniques – Meditation, Mental Exercises, and other ways to maintain the mind stability and peaceful.
  • Antidepressants – Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) helps in coping up with depression, besides this avoid being alone, thinking negative, over thinking, listen music, read good books, talk to family and friends whenever get time.
  • Psychotherapy – Providing counseling related to nature of health problem and the concerned person, the ideas to manage day-to-day problems related with the problem.
  • Social skills training – Communicating with people, building understanding and trust, joining community support services, connecting with friends, etc.
  • Vocational rehabilitations – The sessions helping to get employment or job.
  • Physical Activities – Physical exercises, participation in sports, cycling, walking, swings, and so on.
  • Sleep quality – Having a full-time sleep is not enough, rather a qualitative sleep is necessary in order to have a fresh and healthy working hours, whether physical work or mental.
  • Basic living skills – Grooming, self-care, learning basic living skills including home and money management, developing self-esteem, and many more.

Hence, Schizoaffective Disorder can be treated very effectively with the above described herbal remedies and the slight changes in lifestyle.

Adopt these and have a healthy and wonderful life ahead!!

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