A Pitfall in Treatment with Schizophrenia

There is a common pitfall that many people with schizophrenia and other mental illnesses fall into. That pitfall is a serious concern that many in the mental health community share. I am talking about when people with a mental illness receive inadequate care for other ailments. Today I will discuss in more detail why this happens, how to avoid it, and how to watch for it. Lets dive in shall we?
Many people are aware of stigma and the impact it has towards getting treatment for your mental health. Unfortunately, this stigma can be found in unexpected places such as hospitals and other medical facilities. While there are many people who are caring and compassionate towards those with schizophrenia, there are some people who are uneducated on the subject that may inadvertently or knowingly mistreat people with schizophrenia. This is particularly noticeable when being treated for something separate from the illness.
Some medical professionals make assumptions about their patients. For example, they might assume that a patient with schizophrenia who is complaining of pain may be hallucinating it or faking it. While this is the exception to the rule, it does happen and can have devastating consequences for the patient involved. While there are some instances where a patient may be hallucinating or faking something, it should never be the initial assumption.
Family and caregivers of people with schizophrenia are often put into a position of advocating out of necessity. It is important to be determined in making sure that your loved one receives proper and adequate care. While you should always try to remain polite and courteous with your loved one’s treatment team, it is vital to ensure that the patient’s medical needs are met. The main avenue of accomplishing this is through advocating for your loved one.
To summarize, there are a few people within the medical community who may not take physical ailments seriously when they work with somebody with a mental illness. One of the best ways to deal with this is to take your loved one’s concerns seriously and to advocate on their behalf. The top priority of all those involved should be the proper and sufficient treatment of your loved one.
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