Asha Schizophrenia Clinic
Schizophrenia is a disorder that affects the brain and consequently the functioning of the mind. It is a major psychiatric disorder affecting 1% of population worldwide. It’s impact on cognition, thought and emotion lead to significant disability in the individual and there by causes severe distress to the family members.
When left untreated the disease becomes chronic with frequent exacerbation of the symptoms.
The team is lead by Dr G. Prasad Rao who is also a Task Force committee member on Schizophrenia in the World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry (WFSBP) since 2019.
The clinic manages various psychotic disorders of different aetiologies and Schizophrenia.
The clinic collaborates with other facilities of Asha Hospital in providing care for persons with schizophrenia and offers the state of art and best possible interventions for schizophrenia.
- Inpatient and Outpatient management
- Pharmacological management including long acting depot preparations of antipsychotics.
- Psychological interventions including Family therapy, Couples therapy and addressing caregivers burden.
- Cognitive remediation
- Neuromodulation therapies like m ECT, TMS and tDCS.
- Addressing issues of metabolic side effects of psychotropic medication.
- Consultation liaison services with primary care Physicians, Cardiologists, Endocrinologists, Neurologists and Intensivists.
Almost all patients diagnosed with Schizophrenia requires pharmacotherapy. Depending upon the treatment response Electroconvulsive therapy may be suggested if needed
Long acting injectables are available for patients with poor drug compliance.
Depending upon the patient’s status treatment will be decided. Most patients require long term Management.
Not all patients has similar symptoms. Patient can be presented with suspiciousness, talking /smiling to self, hearing of voices, wandering away, poor self care, poor socio-occupational functioning and many more.
Relapses can be prevented if drug compliance is good in most cases.
since there is a family history, there are chances of genetic transmission. But not always in all cases.