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Abnormal Psychology Case Study, Schizophrenia
The effectiveness of any chosen treatment for schizophrenia is quite limited. Specific types of psychotherapy, sometimes combined with drug therapy, have been starting to show signs of alleviating the personality disorder. Drug treatment is currently designed to temporarily affect the patient's behavior. Psychotherapy makes attempts to help people recognize their problem and change their social behavior.
Although typical treatment may involve antipsychotic drugs and psychosocial treatments, a heavy psychosocial treatment with medical interventions at different or alternating intervals would inhibit the body's ability to adjust to the medications while the regularity of the psychosocial treatments builds a solid dependable foundation for the mind.
Through regular conditioning or reconditioning of the social and moral aspects of human relationships, any person can benefit and learn from social learning. The essence of normality in our lives is self-care, calm and safe social interactions, and of course most everyone learns a vocational skill or two.
Experiencing noticeable results would take more or less effort depending on the patient and more or less time as well. As with all healthy regimes, maintenance is required. A major stipulation of this plan would be regular practice of skills learned. This would help maintain the effects for a longer period of time, perhaps if followed diligently, without degradation in displayed skills.
Any psychological model applied to understanding and treating schizophrenia is complex due to the multiple factors incorporated. In short, the precipitant is affected by the emotion or beliefs a person has about oneself, others, the world and anomalous experiences, and finally cognitive biases. The search for meaning ensues and the selection of an explanation develops based on one's belief about illness, social factors, and belief flexibility. Ultimately all of these factors conspire to create “the threat belief”. The model indicates exploration into newer directions. The empirical determination of internal and external events still remains. The flexible nature of the model allows for events, which may be positive, negative or neutral.
The mind is a vast and curious entity and will likely always remain so. Our world is changing and many developments occur daily, which perpetuate the existence of our species. One strength of a world that produces such research and studies is that it facilitates investigation as to the interaction of psychotic processes, non-psychotic processes, the environment, genetic predisposition, and how each affects the other.