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The optical illusion test might change the scenario in the diagnosis of Schizophrenia

Common Schizophrenia symptoms and detection methods

Common mental problems like depression, bipolar disorder or lack of socializing are often confused with schizophrenia. The reason behind this is the lack of a proper testing mechanism to identify schizophrenia and distinguish it with other mental disorders. Schizophrenia is long-term and sometimes a life-long condition that can be controlled with proper medication and continuous treatment. However, the effectiveness of treatment depends upon the detection stage and severity of the condition hence the outcome varies from person to person.

The earlier the detection has been made and the more religiously the treatment has been followed, the greater are the chances to get a good result. But, the traditional methods for diagnosis of schizophrenia combine multiple subjective tests and interviews which are more time-consuming yet less effective. A more objective test is discovered by a team of researchers from the London University recently. The test is based on optical illusion and the leading ophthalmologists have already confirmed that this test can prove to be a more successful method in the diagnosis of schizophrenia.

How much effective is the optical illusion test?

A schizophrenic suffers from a chronic mental disorder that restricts their ability to act, behave or think. The brain of the patient is affected and he is unable to distinguish between fact and fiction. The patient gradually lacks interest in socializing and starts hallucinating things that don’t exist. In more severe cases, the patient can become physically or mentally aggressive and can be inconsolable. To avoid such extremities, early-stage detection is necessary and if diagnosed with schizophrenia, proper treatment should be done to take control of the situation. The popular diagnosis methods for schizophrenia are quite old school and the recent discovery made by the group of scientists from LU can actually bring a revolution in the detection and treatment of schizophrenia. The researchers made a startling discovery after performing a series of optical illusion tests on schizophrenics as well as well non-schizophrenics.

The outcome of the tests revealed that the people suffering from schizophrenia have more accurate vision compared to the non-sufferers. The ophthalmologists explained that the common eye sees a lot of things and makes a relative judgement based on the surroundings that make them less accurate during the optical illusion tests. On the other hand, the schizophrenic brain is unable to make relative judgements and is immune to receive surrounding information. So, approximately 80% of the patients suffering from this mental condition are accurate with their judgements. Also, this method can be used to find the unanswered questions related to the behavioral patterns of the schizophrenics. If this theory is approved and accepted by the psychiatrists, then it will start a new chapter in the diagnosis and treatment of schizophrenia across the world.

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