Psychosis and Schizophrenia
Psychosis refers to an abnormal psychiatric condition which affects the mind and puts it a state involving a loss of contact with reality. It may involve hallucinations, delusions and aggressive behavior.
Schizophrenia on the other hand is characterized by a break down in thought processes and lack of appropriate emotional responses. Common symptoms include auditory hallucinations, paranoid or bizarre delusions, or disorganized speech and thinking, and it is accompanied by significant social or occupational dysfunction.
These two psychiatric conditions can be helped and managed effectively with recent advances in neuropsychology. People with psychiatric illnesses usually have
abnormal brain wave activity. With a neuorfeedback assessment, a valid diagnosis of the condition can be gotten and consequently neurofeedback can be used to train those aspects of the brain emitting abnormal brainwave activity.
Psychosis and Schizophrenia can be managed with medications as antipsychotics, but studies are evident on the side effects and possible relapse after a
year of stopping medication. As a result of this most people with these illnesses, end up taking the drugs for life. It is in a bid to establish treatment modalities that have no side effects and lead to lasting changes that researchers Surmeli, Ertem, Eralp and Kos (2012) investigated the efficacy of quantitative electroencephalography (qEEG)-guided neurofeedback (NF) treatment in a population of schizophrenics, and whether this method has an effect on concurrent medical treatment and on the patients. The study showed that neurofeedback was effective. Read more
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