SchizophreniaWatch :- December 2014:
A UK website, principally for carers about and carers for schizophrenia; family, community, and professional service caring, who should - must ! - give voice for the best interests of those cared for they can't, won't,don't, voice for themselves.
The site is edited by a retired psychiatrist who has looked after someone with the schizophrenia condition, at home, affected by the negative form of schizophrenia, for the last twenty years. [The blue highlit links take you to another page.. ] You return via the back arrow at the top of your screen or from a link at the bottom of a page
I hope this will leave me space better to explain where the caring burden can be relieved of some of the anxieties . Time will tell. Or you can tell me ! ]
Section 1 Carer understanding of Schizophrenia.
What is the change in the brain that allows schizophrenia to come about. Working memory, the ability to briefly store and manipulate information, is the essential guide to completing purposeful behaviour.
[ this is why conversation with sufferers is difficult and limited - there is little 'small talk' - it is limited - literal ...concrete .... - the pool of associations is not enough for making talk interesting and fresh, is not held onto in the background, there to be used.
How to expalin this reduced memory pool ? A most likely fault, lies in the hippocampus where sufficient neurogenesis in the hippocampus is needed to cope with the maturing in experience that comes from updating the information store. An intact hippocampus connects anything to anything else that is needed. A reduced new cell production often finds only an approximation.
How to guide behaviour towards some recovery that is based on an understanding of those changes at the start of the illness.
.Section 2. Dealing with the NHS Services
Care in the first illness The caring journey
Carers and those who live day to day with the illness have no doubts that it is an illness.