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Things to remember when dealing with someone who is suspicious or has odd beliefs

Things to remember when dealing with someone who is suspicious or has odd beliefs
• Suspiciousness and hearing voices are symptoms of a severe
mental disorder.
• The commonest types of severe mental disorder are schizophrenia and manic–depressive disorder. Acutepsychoses can also cause
these symptoms.
• Such people often suffer discrimination and stigmaby others in the community.
• Antipsychotic medicines are the best treatment for these illnesses.
• If the family want to take the person to a traditional healer, encourage them to combine the traditional treatment with the medicines you will give.
• If possible, refer people with these symptoms to a specialist mental health team.

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