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is a chronic disabling psychotic illness. Patient has symptoms like hearing voices without anyone around (auditory hallucinations
), suspiciousness that someone is trying to harm them (persecutary delusions), suspicious that people are talking about them (referential thoughts), poor personal care, lack of goal directed behavior, sometimes suicidal thoughts. Your relative has attempted suicide
by hanging. When one tries to hang herself there is pressure on the blood vessels passing to the brain. This causes hypoxia
(decreased oxygen supply to brain). Some people after hanging attempts may loose their memory. Weight gain is a side-effect of some of the anti-psychotic drugs used in schizophrenia. If it is problematic your doctor can try changing the antipsychotic
drug to another group which doesnot cause weight gain. Once the symptoms improve she can participate in house-hold work as other normal people. But she needs to continue medication and be under regular follow-up for a period of atleast 2 to 5 years.
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Dr Srinivas SRRY