Rohit Muzumdar, (name changed), a Mumbai resident was short tempered and often lost his cool. Owing to which, he was taken to the doctor by his family. That was the time when the doctors diagnosed him with schizophrenia. Meanwhile, on Thursday, Rohit suddenly attacked his father.
Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Vidya Thakur, Medical Superintendent of Rajawadi hospital said, “Patients with schizophrenia have no control over their own mind. They can attack anyone. They fail to recognise their behaviour. They can become violent, if things don’t go according to them. So during that time, they can attack a family member or their near and dear ones.”
What is schizophrenia?
Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that usually appears in late adolescence or early adulthood. Characterized by delusions, hallucinations, and other cognitive difficulties, schizophrenia can often be a lifelong struggle.
- Positive psychotic symptoms: Hallucinations, such as hearing voices, paranoid delusions and exaggerated or distorted perceptions, beliefs and behaviours.
- Negative symptoms: A loss or a decrease in the ability to initiate plans, speak, express emotion or find pleasure.
- Disorganization symptoms: Confused and disordered thinking and speech, trouble with logical thinking and sometimes bizarre behaviour or abnormal movements.
- Impaired cognition: Problems with attention, concentration, memory and declining educational performance.
Dr Priyanka Mahajan, a psychiatrist at Masina hospital said, “We see a lot of patients with schizophrenia. In the country, from every 100 people, 1 suffers from the same. Parents fail to understand, as the disease is not easily diagnosed. Parents take their children to doctors, when they turn violent. About 40 per cent of patients coming to the hospital are affected with this disease.”
Talking about schizophrenia, Dr Shubhangi Parakar, head of KEM hospital’s Department of Psychiatry said, “There is a change in the behaviour of children, due to which there is increase in the number of patients suffering from schizophrenia/ Children feel lonely and their behaviour changes. They also get auditory hallucinations. Patients can be treated with proper medications.”