Grief and Mourning

1275 words 6 pages
Grief and Mourning
Grand Canyon University: PCN 605
December 17, 2013

Grief and Mourning Schizophrenia is one of the most debilitating psychotic disorders that can tend to cause distortions in perceptions, hallucinations, delusions, and other strange behavior in 1% of the population in the United States (Picchioni & Murray, 2007). Receiving a diagnosis of schizophrenia can be life altering and hard to grasp. A myriad of emotions come into play for both the individual diagnose and their family. The prognosis for individuals diagnose with schizophrenia can be affected by many factors like positive symptoms, negative symptoms, noncompliance to treatment, and use of substance to self-medicate.
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The newly diagnosed clients can become susceptible to depression. According to Siris (2012), 25% of the individuals with schizophrenia experience depression; 10% of the individuals with schizophrenia actually commit suicide (para. 1). The emotions that can emerge from receiving a diagnosis of schizophrenia are equated with a sense of loss. The newly diagnosed client can experience persistent emotional distress as a response to the illness. For people who have been just diagnosed with schizophrenia or have been discharged after hospitalization, the risk for suicide is high. Risk factors for suicide is previous attempts, psychotic symptoms, hopelessness, high dose of medication, frequent hospitalizations elevate suicide risk (Kaschkow, Felmet, & Zisook, 2011). It is important for clinicians to properly addressed emergent depressive symptoms and suicidal thoughts in clients diagnosed with schizophrenia. A safety plan is a good tool for clinicians to use with newly diagnosed clients to address depressive symptoms and suicidal thoughts. The safety plan consists of a list of depressive symptoms, the symptoms clients are experiencing, and the symptoms for which he or she has not experienced yet. Clinicians assist the clients in developing a course of action in case suicidal thoughts emerge. The phone numbers of people to contact like a primary therapist, suicide


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