- Symptoms of Schizophrenia include Hallucinations and reduced speaking
- A new research associates thermal images of facial expression with stages of schizophrenia
- It helps in clinical practice to find more about what the patient feels and stages of the disease.
Hallucinations, thought disorders, reduced speaking are movement disorders are some of its symptoms. While genetic factors can be considered as risk factor for Schizophrenia the exact reason for the disease still remain as a big question mark. National Institute of Mental Health states that since the exact cause of the disease is unknown treatment focus on eliminating the symptoms.
A recent research by a team of scholars at National Cheng Kung University found out that infra thermal images of facial expression in a schizophrenia patient help detect the stage of the disease. Though many studies have dug up the association of facial expression to understand the emotions of a schizophrenia patient, a study on thermal images is first of its king, claim the researchers.
The study included 18 moderately-ill and 17 markedly-ill patients. As a part of the study, the group monitored the temperature of patients at the forehead, right cheek, and nose and found a significant association with the stage of schizophrenia. The temperature differences on the right cheeks in moderately and markedly ill schizophrenia patients could also be associated with their emotions. It varied according to what they felt at the particular time.
The data can be used for clinical purposes in identifying the stage of schizophrenia in patients and for personal counseling sessions. According to WHO, over 21 million people get affected by Schizophrenia across the world, and one in two schizophrenia patients does not receive proper medical care.
The mental disorder can be treated, and the patients can successfully rehabilitate to a more social life with proper care.