Schizophrenia Treatment at Banyan Mental Health
Schizophrenia is a rare but serious mental health disorder that interferes with a person’s ability to perceive reality. A person with schizophrenia will have abnormal thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that interfere with their everyday life and that are often disabling. Genetics, environment, and chemical imbalances are all thought to be contributing factors to schizophrenia. While less than one percent of U.S. adults are diagnosed with schizophrenia,1 mental health disorder treatment is typically necessary.
Types & Signs of Schizophrenia
Like many mental illnesses, this disorder falls on a spectrum and there are several different types of schizophrenia disorder including:
- Paranoid schizophrenia
- Catatonic schizophrenia
- Disorganized or Hebephrenic schizophrenia
- Undifferentiated schizophrenia
- Residual schizophrenia
In most cases, schizophrenia symptoms do not appear until the late teens or twenties.1 Because of this late age of onset, some people may watch their loved ones transition from perfectly normal-seeming young adults to severe schizophrenics. Also, because there are several different types of schizophrenias, people with this disorder may exhibit different symptoms and require different schizophrenia treatment.
If you suspect your loved one may have this disorder, look for these more common signs of schizophrenia, including:
- Abnormal and unorganized thinking
- Disorganized speech
- Poor concentration
- Strange behavior or actions
- Lack of emotions
- Low motivation
- Social isolation
- Hallucinations – seeing, hearing or even smelling something that isn’t there
- Delusions – strong false beliefs even when proven wrong
If your loved one is exhibiting several of these schizophrenia symptoms for an extended period of time, it is time to seek out psychotic disorder treatment. Because paranoid schizophrenia treatment will be different from disorganized schizophrenia treatment, a schizophrenia treatment center will be able to get a better understanding of the individual’s disorder and their unique treatment needs.
How to Treat Schizophrenia Disorder
At Banyan Mental Health, we know that having a loved one with a schizophrenia disorder can be scary and overwhelming, but there is hope. We offer inpatient and outpatient treatment for schizophrenia disorders in South Florida that are designed to help schizophrenics manage their symptoms and lead more normal lives.
Typically, schizophrenia treatment includes a combination of both medicine and psychosocial therapies. When patients enter our residential or partial hospitalization program for mental health, they will undergo a full health assessment to start. From here, our medical staff will work with the patient to find the correct type and dosage of antipsychotics. This process may involve a bit of trial and error, but our medical staff is on-hand to monitor symptoms and help the patient find the best solution for them as soon as possible. While this medication can make a large difference, often schizophrenia can cause secondary problems that also need attention. This is where therapy can help. These programs can help patients get a better understanding of how to cope with their schizophrenia and give them tools they can use in the future once their treatment program is complete. The skills they learn during therapy can help patients avoid major setbacks once they reenter their normal routine. We also offer dual diagnosis treatment in Boca for patients who also struggle with a substance abuse disorder.
Schizophrenia doesn’t have to mean you or your loved one cannot have a mostly normal life. At Banyan Mental Health, we are here to help patients manage their symptoms so they can think about the future.