How does a psychologist help in the treatment of schizophrenia?
A psychologist can help a schizophrenia patient in many ways such as in reducing the distress regarding the patient’s psychotic experiences, understanding more about the illness and the need to adhere to treatment, feeling less anxious and depressed, overcoming any feelings of hopelessness and suicidal thoughts, etc.
What are the qualifications of a psychologist?
A psychologist would have a bachelor’s degree in psychology or related fields such as sociology or social work. They would also have a master’s degree in psychology fields specialized depending on their area of interest such as – child psychology, family therapy, social work, etc. They may also have a doctoral degree and complete a postdoctoral program or internship with training of at least 1-2 years before they can get the license of being a psychologist.
How can a psychologist help the family of the schizophrenia patient?
A psychologist can work with the family of the schizophrenia patient and psycho-educate them about the illness regarding its treatment, caregiving, and resources; help with stress management, communication and problem solving; help families deal skills to cope with the illness and its consequences for the family; learn to support themselves, and address illness-related concerns as well as other family issues.
How many sessions are required with a psychologist for schizophrenia?
There are various aspects of the illness that a psychologist can address in sessions with the patient. This includes education about the illness, ways to deal with the hallucinations and delusions, exploring what triggers the psychotic episodes, improve social interactions and communication, deal with any emotional issues that may or may not be related to the illness, and manage everyday tasks. The number of sessions required to explore and address these issues is variable for each individual.