Treatment for Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a complex brain disorder that often makes daily life difficult.  Undiagnosed and treated, schizophrenia can be dangerous to the sufferer as well as to their friends and family.  At Strategic Behavioral Health, we have many years of experience treating schizophrenic patients.  Treatment is lifelong but with a combination of therapy and medication, it can be controlled, allowing an individual with schizophrenia to live a relatively normal, happy, healthy life.

What is Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a serious chronic brain disorder.  While it affects only 1% of people in the U.S., it can be debilitating, especially if left untreated.  When someone is experiencing a schizophrenic episode, they may have symptoms such as hallucinations, lack of focus, delusions, difficulty speaking, and more.

There are many misconceptions about schizophrenia.  It’s important to note that schizophrenia is not a split personality or a multiple personality disorder.  People who struggle with schizophrenia often have a difficult time determining what’s real and what isn’t during an episode and have a tendency to become disorganized, distracted, and may even become incoherent as a result.

The onset of schizophrenia generally presents in the late teenage years, but can also appear in one’s early to mid-thirties.  Experts aren’t sure of the exact causes of schizophrenia but know it has to do with a combination of genetic, psychological, and environmental factors.

Symptoms of Schizophrenia

Because schizophrenia is such a complex disorder, there is no one treatment that fits all of the molds.  The majority of treatments are based on controlling the symptoms of schizophrenia to help sufferers manage their daily lives better.  At Strategic Behavioral Health, we approach each person as a whole being, taking into consideration lifestyle, environment, relationships, and outside factors.  Symptoms are usually broken down into several categories.

Psychotic symptoms include:

  • Hallucinations

  • Delusions

  • Disorganized speech

Negative symptoms include:

  • Lack of motivation

  • Reduced expression of normal emotions

  • Speaking in flat or monotone voices

  • Difficulty functioning normally from day-to-day

Cognitive symptoms include:

  • Difficulty making decisions

  • Difficulty comprehending and interpreting information

  • Difficulty focusing

  • Reduced concentration

How Schizophrenia is Treated

Unfortunately, there is no cure for schizophrenia, however, advances in medicine and treatment options have made living with such a condition manageable.  In fact, those who struggle with schizophrenia and receive treatment are able to live fulfilling, happy lives.

A major component in the treatment of schizophrenia is regular psychotherapy.  This can include cognitive remediation, behavioral therapy, and other techniques.  In addition to therapy, we employ a variety of antipsychotic medications that can help ease the symptoms of schizophrenia.  Finally, building a strong family support network can go quite a ways in helping those living with schizophrenia.  Our providers are here to help individuals and families make the best decisions for themselves and their loved ones.

How Strategic Behavioral Health Can Help

Strategic Behavioral Health has extensive experience helping individuals struggling with schizophrenia.  If you believe that you or a loved one may have schizophrenia, it is essential to seek out a professional medical opinion.  Schizophrenia is a lifelong diagnosis and will not abate on its own.  For more information or to make an appointment, contact us today.