Schizophrenia Treatment at Promises
Although schizophrenia cannot be cured, treatment can help relieve many symptoms. Schizophrenia treatment includes expert medication management, support groups and psychotherapy to help clients develop the skills to manage mental illness. Clients work with experienced, master’s level therapists to learn communication, relationship and problem-solving skills and to develop strategies to manage their symptoms so they can work or attend school, if desired and appropriate.
Since schizophrenia symptoms typically emerge during prime career-building years, vocational counseling, life balancing and independent living skills training are typically part of schizophrenia treatment. Clients that struggle with co-occurring mental health disorders, including substance abuse, receive integrated, multidisciplinary treatment, which has been shown to improve outcomes. Family therapy and relapse prevention are other important aspects of mental health treatment.
Schizophrenia is a brain disorder that affects about one percent of Americans. Men and women are affected equally by the mental illness, with symptoms typically appearing by late adolescence or early adulthood. Men tend to develop schizophrenia earlier and have more severe symptoms than women.
Schizophrenia makes it difficult to function in daily life as the lines between reality and delusion blur and thoughts and emotions become disorganized and difficult to manage. With treatment, people with schizophrenia can lead satisfying lives. Some people make progress with intensive outpatient therapy and medication management. Others will require time in a schizophrenia treatment center to get their symptoms under control.
Symptoms of Schizophrenia
The symptoms of schizophrenia vary depending on the individual and the type of illness. The three major subtypes of schizophrenia are paranoid schizophrenia, catatonic schizophrenia and disorganized schizophrenia.
All types of schizophrenia involve a significant loss of contact with reality. People with schizophrenia may hear voices that others do not hear, or they may believe other people are watching them or trying to harm them or control their thoughts. This can make people with the illness frightened, agitated or withdrawn.
Schizophrenia can be disabling, making it difficult to earn a living or care for oneself. People with the disorder may talk in unusual or confusing ways, or they may not talk at all for long periods of time. They may have hallucinations (usually voices), delusions (firmly held beliefs that are illogical or untrue), thought disorders (dysfunctional ways of thinking), disorganized speech (e.g., made-up words, odd repetition or rhyming) and other symptoms that make them disconnected from reality.
Examples of common delusions include the belief that the individual is a famous figure, that radio or television communications are sending messages specifically for them, or that thoughts are being taken from them, planted in their head or read by others. In the case of paranoid schizophrenia, the story or fantasy often has a theme that remains consistent over time.
People with schizophrenia may have depression-like symptoms, such as lack of pleasure in everyday tasks, inappropriate emotional responses, an inexpressive face or voice, insomnia or oversleeping, and deteriorating personal hygiene. They may also have cognitive issues, such as difficulty focusing, understanding information and making decisions, or applying new information. In most cases, schizophrenia treatment involves antipsychotic medication in combination with behavioral therapy.
Causes of Schizophrenia
The causes of schizophrenia aren’t fully understood. Schizophrenia runs in families, but determining the exact genes involved is complex and remains a topic of ongoing study. There is also evidence that a chemical imbalance in the brain or abnormalities in brain structure may be involved.
Given that about 60 percent of people with schizophrenia have no family members with the disorder, schizophrenia likely results from a combination of both genetic and environmental factors. Although numerous environmental factors may trigger the disorder, some of the more well-studied influences include high stress levels caused by exposure to viruses or malnutrition before birth, complications during birth, childhood abuse or early loss of or separation from a parent.
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