Posted by elena from IP 188.8.131.52 on January 08, 2017 at 21:06:32:
In Reply to: schizophrenia? posted by ej on January 08, 2017 at 14:08:43:
Is it a test question or you jus would like to know in general?
On a test the right answer will be the one that is the most respectful towards to the patient and also
provides actual information about the condition.
Talking about schizophrenia is no different then talking about cancer. You will not offend a patient
by being polite and honest. Of course, in real life you may run into someone who will curse you out
just for suggesting that a patient may have a mental illness and will tell you that you are the one
with mental illness. That is called "poor insight".
So, exact wording will vary depending on the situation, but something along these lines "Given the
fact that you hear voices that tell you to kill yourself and that you feel paranoid - I believe that you
suffer from a mental illness such as schizophrenia."
It is also extremely helpful to ask first what the patient thinks about his/her condition. Often they
have an idea about it.
Some times you will need to be very vague; sometimes more straightforward.
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