Schizoaffective Disorder Treatment
Schizoaffective disorder is a serious mental health condition. It includes symptoms of both schizophrenia and a mood disorder. Research shows that approximately 0.3% of the population experiences this condition.
When left untreated, schizoaffective disorder can result in serious, long-term consequences related to one’s physical and mental health. This can be taxing for both the individual and the family. Fortunately, treatment can help people live fulfilling lives despite their conditions.
Mental Health Treatment
No two clients (or condition) are exactly alike. That’s why specialized treatment is important. However, it can be challenging to discern if inpatient treatment is the best choice for you. The following signs and symptoms warrant such treatment:
- History of failed episodes of lower levels of care (i.e, outpatient care)
- Recent suicidal or self-harm thoughts or attempts
- Significant impairment of work, school, or family obligations
- Recent history of psychiatric hospitalization
- Persistent feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness
- Limited coping skills to manage distress tolerance
All treatment centers can provide assessments to determine your appropriate level of care. At Promises, we pride ourselves on customizing individualized mental health treatment plans. That said, our overarching goals for treating schizoaffective disorder include:
- Psychiatric stabilization via medication compliance
- Reduction or elimination of crisis symptoms (i.e., suicidal thoughts)
- Improvement in life satisfaction (relationships, self-esteem, etc.)
- Implementation of healthy coping skills to manage distress tolerance
- Monitoring and support for other co-occurring disorders
It is essential to be in a supportive environment that promotes healing. You want to feel safe sharing and expressing your feelings. You want to feel connected with the team helping you. Rest assured that we work closely with our clients to provide quality care that meets both their needs and goals.
We provide individual therapy for all clients. Therapy offers a secure and nonjudgmental space for clients. In this space, they can explore their feelings. They will also receive professional guidance geared toward change and growth.
The relationship between a client and therapist is sacred. After all, therapists hold your innermost thoughts, secrets, and fears. Therapists work hard to promote a safe place. They want you to feel comfortable expressing yourself.
In treating schizoaffective disorder, therapists work with clients by:
- Providing education about mental health symptoms and treatment options
- Offering support and unconditional positive regard for all feelings and experiences
- Teaching useful life skills for navigating potential stressors
- Enhancing interpersonal relationships by strengthening communication skills
- Improving self-esteem and self-worth
- Encouraging treatment compliance
Group therapy offers peer support and fosters powerful connection among clients in treatment. It’s a chance to observe and learn from others. Mental health professionals facilitate all our groups. They guarantee safety in the group. This means that group members must respect one another. They must use appropriate communication when interacting.
Group therapy provides the invaluable benefit of showing you that you are not alone. Despite different circumstances, you will notice similarities. You will learn from your peers.
Many people receiving mental health treatment experience intense feelings of shame or guilt. Many have also felt ostracized by others due to their condition. Group therapy encourages clients to explore these feelings. The typical mental health group topics focus on:
- Relapse prevention
- Trauma healing
- Mind-body wellness
- Healthy relationships
- Self-care and life skills
Mental illness can impact the entire family unit. Family members may feel helpless, frustrated, or scared about the condition and its symptoms. Family therapy offers support to both clients and their loved ones.
Mental illness often strains communication. It can impact trust and security within the family system. However, family therapy teaches loved ones how to offer appropriate support. It also encourages them to practice self-care during this challenging time.
Treatment for schizoaffective disorder often entails pharmacotherapy. The right combination of medication can help with symptom reduction and stabilization. In turn, this can lead to a significantly better quality of life.
The psychiatric team provides a thorough evaluation when you arrive to treatment. This evaluation will confirm a proper diagnosis. It will also rule out or address other physical and psychological concerns. Depending on your symptoms, you may receive a medication prescription.
Medication for schizoaffective disorder may include:
- Mood stabilizers
That said, medication can represent a trial-and-error process. What works well for one individual may yield terrible side effects for someone else. At Promises, our team will work closely with you to monitor your symptoms. You will also receive routine follow-ups to address medication issues or changes.
Any successful treatment requires long-term aftercare planning. Of course, it is ideal for clients to feel secure and happy in treatment. However, it’s imperative to feel prepared for managing real-world challenges. We’ll help you connect with a variety of useful resources including:
- Psychiatrists and doctors
- Support groups
- Housing, legal, and financial help
- Ongoing support via our alumni network
Importance of Schizoaffective Disorder Treatment
When left untreated, mental health conditions can become progressively worse. Severe depression or psychotic symptoms can lead to dangerous behavior, such as suicide attempts or violence to others. That’s why seeking treatment is so essential.
Treating Co-Occurring Disorders
Research shows that 8 million Americans experience co-occurring disorders. A co-occurring disorder refers to having both a mental health condition and a substance use disorder.
Unfortunately, many people only receive treatment for one condition at a time. This terrible strategy can lead to a relapse- in one or both illnesses. Comprehensive treatment includes thorough assessments to screen for co-occurring disorders. From there, the team will create appropriate treatment plans for your needs.
Addressing Triggers and Providing Relapse Prevention Skills
There is no cure for mental illness. But there are helpful strategies that promote recovery and healing. Our team will help you identify the triggers that exacerbate your symptoms. They will also teach you healthy coping skills for managing distress as it arises.
Paying For Treatment
Promises is in-network with several insurance providers. Your insurance may cover some or all of your treatment. Contact us today to receive a free insurance benefits check. Our specialists will review the limits of your coverage. They can also tell you about any out-of-pocket costs.
To learn more about Schizoaffective Disorder Treatment, call 844-876-5568