My Wife, 43 Yrs., Was Diagnosed With Schizophrenia, About 2 Yrs Back. Please Advise If Any Permanent Cure Is Possible For Her ? Thanks, - Sunil Mahendra, Mumbai. (Sunilm9@yahoo.com).

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My Wife, 43 Yrs., Was Diagnosed With Schizophrenia, About 2 Yrs Back. Please Advise If Any Permanent Cure Is Possible For Her ? Thanks, - Sunil Mahendra, Mumbai. (Sunilm9@yahoo.com).

She was admitted in a hospital about 2 yrs back during such an attack, and was administered treatment with TRINICALM PLUS, OLEANZ and LONAZEP tablets, post discharge. She used to constantly complain of Dizziness, Sleep and un-easiness during this treatment, and she then stopped taking the medicines. Initially she was OK but gradually her condition became bad.But she resisted all medications. She now complains that she is HYPNOTISED by someone and her mind and thoughts are controlled "by that someone".The external agency she feels unsecure is nothing but a Family Club, nearby to our house, which we had joined as members paying huge fees. She used to initially feel that those imaginative people from this club are protecting her everywhere. Now she feels that the same people are against her and everything which is happening is "controlled" by this club. Suddenly from a normal scene in house, she turns into "severely disturbed scene", within few minutes. She even feels that her facebook, mail account are also manipulated by this same agency. I stay in another city for JOB, and my kids stay with Mom and obviously I remain highly worried for my kids.

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eternal vigilance is the only option: to monitor her symptoms and work with her psychiatrist to adjust the dose or change the medication as is necessary. I regret there is no cure however when a person takes the medication every day as prescribed she can have a better life. your wife might have anosognosia, a symptom that is the lack of awareness that she has an illness. this causes people to refuse treatment and not take medication. I suggest you try to enable her to be able to trust you so that you can help persuade her to take the medication. does she have any kind of goal, does she have any kind of desire to help her kids? it would be good if you could help her connect taking the medication with achieving her goals or being able to provide for her kids.

the road ahead will be long and winding. don't give up the fight. always be hopeful and do what you can to help your wife.

Regards,

Christina