Understanding Schizophrenia

Symptoms By Mayo Clinic staff, There are several types of schizophrenia, so signs and symptoms vary. In general, schizophrenia symptoms include: Beliefs not based on reality (delusions), such as the belief that there’s a conspiracy against you Seeing or hearing things that don’t exist (hallucinations), especially voices Incoherent speech Neglect of personal hygiene Lack ofContinue reading “Understanding Schizophrenia”

All in Your Head? [Depression]

Depression is a Mental Disorder, not a Disease There are plausible arguments for the non-existence of mental illness. But there are still people who declare themselves to have a mental illness. After all, being sick mentally has no physical symptoms; it’s not like a kidney stone or an inflamed appendix. One can only hope itContinue reading “All in Your Head? [Depression]”

Handling a Diagnosis of Tardive Dyskinesia

Tardive Dyskinesia (TD) is a condition of involuntary, repetitive movements of the jaw, tongue or other body movements. It frequently is a side effect of the long-term use of antipsychotic drugs used to treat schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. It is almost always permanent. I’ve been told Vitamin E might help a bit.  Benzodiazepines have also beenContinue reading “Handling a Diagnosis of Tardive Dyskinesia”

“Darkness is My Only Companion”

“Lord Jesus Christ, you are for me medicine when I am sick; you are my strength when I need help; you are life itself when I fear death; you are the way when I long for heaven; you are light when all is dark; you are my food when I need nourishment.” —Ambrose of Milan (340-397) Our theology makes allContinue reading ““Darkness is My Only Companion””