Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN Quotes Foundation President in Articles on Schizophrenia

Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D. - President and CEO of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation
Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Chief Medical Correspondent for CNN, Assistant Professor in neurosurgery at Emory University and Associate Chief of the neurosurgery service at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, recently published two articles in Everyday Health about schizophrenia.

In “Schizophrenia: Spotting a Relapse,” Dr. Gupta writes about the importance of recognizing triggers and early signs to help avoid a relapse or minimize its severity. “If the caregiver sees a change in the usual activities of the person with schizophrenia, that would be something to be concerned about,” says Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D., President and CEO of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. He goes on to emphasize the importance of support systems for those who are ill:  “Part of why it’s so important for people with schizophrenia to have good support systems is that their relatives may pick up on these symptoms before they do.” Dr. Borenstein, also a board-certified psychiatrist, goes on to suggest effective approaches for family members and/or caregivers who notice concerning behaviors or signs of potential relapse.

In the article “Schizophrenia: Caring for Someone at Home,” Dr. Gupta addresses the challenges for both patients and their caregivers after a hospitalization and upon returning home. Dr. Borenstein emphasizes how important it is that a patient receives medical care that “treats the whole person.” He recommends psychiatric treatment that includes medication; individual talk therapy, family therapy, or group therapy; and an overall regimen for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. To relieve stress, people with schizophrenia may benefit from relaxation techniques like deep-breathing, meditation, yoga, or tai chi. The article also suggests developing a crisis management plan that is documented and shared with everyone involved in caring for a person with schizophrenia.

Read Dr. Gupta’s article “Schizophrenia: Spotting a Relapse.”

Read Dr. Gupta’s article “Schizophrenia: Caring for Someone at Home.”

Article comments

My family caused my schizophrenia.

Interesting article. A good support system is helpful, here in Australia males particularly with mental illness such as Schizophrenia who live alone are quite isolated, if they can have some functionality with day-to-day activities they are deemed by the mental health services to be 'fine', so they do not check in on them or visit them, hence they're lives are far from normal. There is not good support for men with mental illness here in Australia, many live very lonely lives and are unable to mix in to a normal society.

It is no different here in the US. The isolation is horrible for my son. No friends, no contact. I am his only friend and once a week dinner and scrabble is just not enough for a 37 year old man. He seems unable to put anything more together and is not prone to taking direction from the family. I'm still praying for a break for him.

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