Multiple Personality Disorder or Schizophrenia are they same?

Schizophrenia


Its one of the oldest and most dreaded disorder in the entire history of health care. Single handedly accredited for the birth of social taboo revolving around Mind-brain-body health.

95% of cases are wrongly treated as cases of black magic/bhoot bhada/possesion cases all around the world. The lack of knowledge leads to tens of years before these 95% get the right treatment.

Wrongly confused with MPD or multiple personality disorder, its been wrongly used by many to create a wrong impression in the minds of others.

what is schizophrenia?
A combination of emotional and stress overload triggers several parts of the brain to simultaneously stop functioning at peak performance. This is manifested by the decrease in production of neuro-chemicals (brain chemicals) like dopamine, GABA, glutamate, serotonin.

what are the symptoms?
the disorder starts with the symptoms:
a. slowness in doing work
b. decreased social interaction
c. decreased emotional responses

This is the only stage where the disorder is completely curable. Unfortunately its also the most difficult stage to detect, as it requires it requires very professional approach. I do a complete 40min quality psychological analysis of personality and self which helps in detecting it at such an early state.

the next level, is where the brain loses complete connection with the subconscious mind. Lack of neuro-chemicals and increasing stress amount for start up of emotional and behavioral manifestations:

a. delusions- these are strong and false beliefs that an individual develops. These are normally against social and cultural self. Even thou there is enough proof to prove them wrong a person will be fixated into his belief.

for example- the patient might feel one or more of the following:
i. someone/family members want to kill him/her
ii. someone/family member want to harm him/againt him.
iii. someone is following him/her
iv. husband/wife is cheating upon her/him
v. feels he can enter into someone's mind and change the thought process.
vi. feels someone can read his mind, etc and many more of such.

this stage requires extensive treatment.
the third stage is the most devastating. It's the one in which most care-givers feel that the patient is having some ghost/gin/black-magic or possession.

e. hallucinations- the brain functioning further deteriorates to decrease communication between nerves. So a person starts to hear voice, images or touches of animals which are not present.
Person also gets violent as he/she tries to ask for help from the world around, but nobody is ready to listen to him.


example-
i. hearing of voices of people or self, conversing with those voices
ii. seeing people/visions and talking to them
iii.feeling someone touching you, crawling sensations over the skin
iv. having unsual tastes of food- calling fried potato as strawberry taste.
v. having unsual smells when they are not present- like smelling of roses in a toilet.

This stage requires immediate treatment.

Like in most cases, this stage is left untreated. The treatment focuses more on swami, baba's and tantriks. Because most people cannot believe their family member has a "mental health issue". Since most mental health issues are invisible the pain is only experienced by the patient, which family members fail to see.
The final stage is one where complete destruction of personality and self is possible.

f. lack of self care- patient starts to loose himself in this imaginary world. Because of which he stops eating, taking care (stops bathing, stops brushing his teeth, starts doing his basic needs like urination and defecation in his clothes, and may start becoming naked in public places.)
if he/she is disturbed in this period they become extremely aggresive. and might even kill someone in their fit of anger

e. complete social withdrawn - with uncontrolled anger on meeting his/her own blood relatives.


why does schizophrenia happen?
a. genetic
b. substance induced- the most common cause is the continuous use alcohol, drugs, body building steroids for long term. They induce change in the structure of the brain, leading to onset of schizophrenia.
the most best known example for the same is actress pravin babi who died of schizophrenia.

c. psychological trauma- if someone has a sensitive personality, and is suddenly exposed to large emotional trauma (relationship failure, sexual abuse, death of near one) it might lead to the onset of schizophrenia.

d. Uncontrolled restlessness - if an individual develops imagination as a way to escape from his/her restlessness.

e. Depression- long standing depression when person becomes socially withdrawn he/she starts using imagination as a way to occupy his/her brain.

what is the cure?
after stage 2-
a. medications are the only cure. A patients family has the right to ask their consulting psychiatrist to prescribe something that is not too sedative, not addictive, a newer molecule with less or no side effects. That help a person to restart his life back.
Ayurvedic and homeopathic have long term success rate once the attack has been subsided and patient has been brought to certian normalcy.
b. counceling and all dont help once the third stage has started.


Rights of patient and his relatives?

a. A patient and his relatives have the right to question their psychiatrist on the type of schizophrenia, the medications, the side effects.
The psychiatrist should properly evaluate the patient and give his relatives ample time to express their concerns and questions.

b. Its also a patients right to demand medications that suit his requirements. The medications should be formulated to provide the patient with least problems, and maximum productivity.

c. unfortunately many times psychiatrists trying to cure the problem faster, tend to over medicate. I tend to follow the UK model of treatment where least medications is given, with least or no side effects. It takes a little longer but prevents side-effects and promises longer term cure. and give no time to examine the patient properly. because of which many patients land up with many unwanted side-effects.

Can a schizophrenic live a normal life?
YES. I have treated hundreds of individuals with such problem. And i am proud to say those who came in at an early stage are 100% back to leading a early life. Those who came at later stages have taken more time for cure.


SCHIZOPHRENIA is a disorder... ITS NOT EVIL...
DONT DISCRIMINATE...HELP THEM...


FAMOUS PEOPLE WITH SCHIZOPHRENIA-
schizophrenia is labeled as the disorder of the inteligent because of some famous examples.-
a. Bobby fischer- greatest chess player in histroy
b. Dr.John Nash- nobel prize winner. (discovered his nobel prize theories while suffering from this disorder)
c. Syd barret- famous musician from the band PINK FLOYD
d. the first son of Albert Einstein and first son of Mahatma Gandhi both had schizophrenia.

for any further query, feel free to contact me at:

Dr.Hemant MittaL

Motivational Speaker - Mind-Body Healer
(MBBS, PG.DPM, M.D.(Mind Mantra Wellness Concepts - Mumbai))
(Specialize in Emotional, Behavioural, Sleep, Memory, Concentration and Sexual Health)
(www.mindmantra.in)
Contact at -

Email eksoch@gmail.com


22 comments:

  1. Good article Sir. I think you should write about bipolar affective disorder too, as I think this disorder is the least understood.

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  2. dr.hemant mittalJune 2, 2010 at 12:16 AM

    @sastha

    yes bipolar, ocd, ADHD, are others that are in line.

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  3. its really good article sir. sir, can u write about depression if u have time?

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  4. sir in wich book did u read abt the sons of albert and gandhi ??????

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  5. sir plzzz write about ocd and depression

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  6. archana mehrotraJune 2, 2010 at 7:15 AM

    It is bit difficult for me to understand but i will read carefully.Give me some time to read this article.

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  7. doc u say sexual abuse can trigger schizo...i am saying that i was sexually abused and raped...why don't u take action on ppl involved...they act to me as though they r the most innocent and good ppl in this world...that genrates lots of anger in me...and i shout at them...my shouts r going in vain...

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  8. It is a very very informative article Doc....One that made me think, realise and understand and also eager to share....Thank you very much...

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  9. @bimbu
    I empathize with your pain. and can only try to understand the emotional trauma you have been thru.
    but the police and relevant authorities are the ones who will take care of such corrupt and inhuman people.
    In your case, As a doctor I can only give you medications to help you forget those flashbacks, and some counseling to help battle life.

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  10. please write about bipoler affective disorder..

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  11. This is the one of the best article ever written on the topic.
    it is excellent and very well explained.

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  12. Dear Dr Hemant,
    Very Informative article, Patients come to us asking can they marry? Should they inform them regarding their condition? What are the legal implications when one is married and realises that the person has shizo...
    Dr.Shankar Chawla

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  13. @Dr.Chawla

    Medico-legally they have to inform their prospective partner about their mental condition.
    In case it is found later, that will account for one of the causes annulation of the contract of marriage. and also accounts for cheating under section 420.
    thats why many people like to procure false certificates of mental illness in case of divorce. And are ready to pay millions of rupees for it.

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  14. a very well written and Empathetic Article.but my question to You Doc--do You really feel there's nothing called black magic in this World?

    its coz i have seen a friend of mine ,with same traits as u mentioned for Schizo. getting cured by a Baba, who didn't charged a penny from his Clients ..

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  15. dr.hemant mittalJune 4, 2010 at 12:29 AM

    @nitin
    I have never said I dont believe in black-magic.
    but what I tell you is that 90% cases are of schizophrenia.
    thats what i have mentioned also.
    and 90% baba's out there are fake.
    since the public is lack of knowledge they easy get trapped in this jargon.

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  16. Very informative and nice article sir, I am waiting for an equally good article on OCD....

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  17. I read ur article doctor,
    i felt good reading 'Labeled as the disease of the intelligent and a sign of an evolving brain'
    :P

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  19. http://www.aniketkocharekar.blogspot.com/

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  20. I must appreciate Dr. Hemant that you yourself being an allopath are quite open & are not against Homoeopathy as majority of Allopaths are.
    Infact Homoeopathic science is an uprising in the treatment of all types of psychological & psychiatric illnesses including Schizophrenia. In my clinical practice I got 12 cases of Schizophrenia so far out of which 8 patients responded well with homoeopathic medicines & counselling.

    Thanks & Keep on posting such articles, I love reading your blog posts & I usually relate them with homoeopathic treatment.

    Cheers :)

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  21. dear doctor
    what are the problems one may have to encounter after marrying a schezophrenic?
    suma

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  22. what r the medicines palido,parkin treated for

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