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Sexual hallucinations of Schizophrenia

Hi,

I need advice on how to overcome the sexual hallucinations of Schizophrenia. I want to help my dad overcome his thoughts that are burdening him and deteriorating his condition. Please advice! Thank you!

Is he on meds ? if yes then perhaps they need changing or adjusting as it may be a side affect from it .

Yes, he is on meds and we have tried changing prescriptions too. Anything else that can be done other than meds?

Dr Gopi , homeopathic meds , you can ask him if he can help . (Linkedin ) i believe he can .

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You seem to be talking about intrusive thoughts, not hallucinations. Cognitive Behavior Therapy can sometimes help with intrusive thoughts by either teaching distraction or focusing methods or thought patterns.

Keeping him occupied with tasks, exercise, puzzles or conversation may also help. As with any cognitive or delusional pattern, idle or overstimulated brains tend to wander. If you can keep them occupied just enough, intrusive thoughts can sometimes be kept at bay. The majority of “highly functioning” people with schizophrenia say that keeping occupied with work or other activities is a large part of how they cope.

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MB, as usual, great advice and right in line with my own personal thinking too.
I’m a big advocate of talk therapies and CBT can be an invaluable tool when the person is willing to participate in session with a knowledgeable therapist. The fundamentals of CBT have been used successfully in a wide range of treatment. From impulse control issues like smoking, drugs, sex, alcohol and eating disorders to anxieties, phobias, depression, sleep problems etc. As MB suggests, it focuses on identifying ones own thought patterns and learning techniques to mitigate the negatives that drive us to actions or state of mind that we are trying to avoid.

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Thanks both of you! I have never heard of CBT. Where can we or how can we get him to do CBT?

CBT is considered in some ways to be a ‘mode of practice’ that any number of therapists will use during therapy. When looking for a therapist it’s good to research them and most will usually list the modes of practice that they personally are trained in and implement. Or you can simply ask them ‘what are your modes of practice’? Other modes can include Jungian or Freudian or others.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is used in its basic principals in a program called SMART. The SMART program wouldn’t necessarily apply in this situation specifically, but if you want to get a very basic understanding of CBT for yourself you can look for a SMART program handbook to go through and that may give you a sense of the basic concepts. Ex: identifying irrational thoughts patterns or beliefs. Knowing and identifying the difference between the things we think and the things we feel. Knowing what actions and triggers were/are. Etc. I’d suggest doing a little googling around for yourself just to make yourself more knowledgeable, and definitely research any therapist you might be looking into or one that you already use and seeing about their practices. CBT is pretty common in the field.
MB might be able to better explain with more finesse and comprehensive detail than myself. :sweat_smile: Thanks MB! You’re the best! And best of luck with your father. This disease is really a heart breaker. Let us know what you find and how things go!

Thank you for such a detailed answer. I will look up for more information. And yes, I will let you know about his progress. Thank you very much again! I really appreciate it!

CBT is more widespread in Europe, but with persistent searching you may find a practitioner in the US. There tends to be varying experience and skills of practitioners, so ask a prospective therapist about their experience and training. A friend of mine’s wife was one in the late 80s— he was her client :wink:

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Thank you so much, MB!