Essay: Grief Schiz Precautions and Procedures

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[. . .] As depression itself has become better understood, so have its effects -- such as the potential for suicidal thoughts and actions -- and its mechanisms, and thus more effective ways of handling depression at all ages and for a variety of causes have also been developed (Beck & Alford, 2009; Bhatia & Bhatia, 2007). As many schizophrenics are diagnosed in adolescence, a focus on research in handling depression and suicidal tendencies in the adolescent age group was employed, along with specific information regarding depression in schizophrenics (Beck & Alford, 2009; Bhatia & Bhatia, 2007; Wittman & Keshava, 2007). In this way, a comprehensive safety plan was established.

First and foremost, cognitive behavioral therapy is recommended for the treatment of depression in children and adolescents prior to any pharmaceutical treatment (Bhatia & Bhatia, 2007). Especially as a recently diagnosed schizophrenic might be prescribed various medications including psychotropic pharmaceuticals, eliminating anti-depressants from a first-line response to depression in these cases is ideal (Wittman & Keshava, 2007; Bhatia & Bhatia, 2007). Anti-depressants can actually increase suicidal thoughts in some users, especially in adolescents, so these should be avoided as much as possible (Beck & Alford, 2009; Bhatia & Bhatia, 2007).

Cognitive behavioral therapy has other advantages in dealing with schizophrenics, as well, as it can help address not only the depression but in fact must tackle the underlying causes of that depression -- i.e. schizophrenia, in the context at hand -- in order to properly treat the patient (Beck & Alford, 2009; Bhatia & Bhatia, 2007). Though the depression in patients recently diagnosed with schizophrenia is more directly related to the diagnosis than the disorder, an important distinction, the grieving process is related to the lost sense of self associated with the prospect of a life with schizophrenia (Wittman & Keshava, 2007). Cognitive behavioral therapy can alleviate or help move through the depression of the grieving process by helping the patient build tools and understandings for how to live a life with schizophrenia that still has a high quality of life and a large degree of personal fulfillment. The safety plan should thus include extensive cognitive behavioral therapy, possibly in daily sessions for the period immediately following diagnosis, as well as therapeutic and informational sessions with family members to equip them in providing the necessary support for the patient. In this way, adequate care, oversight, and internal tools can be given to the patient to ensure their safety and more, to improve their quality of life and help heal their depression.


Ensuring the safety of patients is any practitioners primary goal. Ensuring the quality of life of patients needs to come in a very close second, however. Saftey plans that contribute to enhanced quality of life are more than possible, and in this case they are one and the same.


Beck, A. & Alford, B. (2009). Depression: Causes and Treatments. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

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