Schizophrenia is a mental health disorder that many people have heard about, but few understand. Even those living with this progressively debilitating condition have difficulty describing what they think, feel, and see when experiencing the effects of schizophrenia.

At Creative Care, with campuses in Calabasas and Woodland Hills, California, we’ve earned a stellar reputation for providing highly effective, comprehensive treatment services for those seeking to overcome the complex challenges of schizophrenia.

Our widely respected staff of psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health professionals have the specialized skills necessary to design individualized, evidence-based treatment programs that work.

We’ll stick with you throughout your initial treatment here at Creative Care. We’re also committed to providing the future support you need to deal with schizophrenia in your daily life.

What’s it like to have schizophrenia?

While it can cause seemingly overnight changes in your thought patterns and behavior, the early symptoms of schizophrenia are typically subtle and gradually worsen in intensity over several months to years.

Early warning signs of schizophrenia may include:

  • Withdrawal from family, friends, and activities
  • Extreme hostility toward perceived criticism
  • Deterioration of personal hygiene
  • Depression
  • Flat facial expression and inability to laugh, cry or otherwise express emotion
  • Forgetfulness, inability to concentrate
  • Odd statements or irrational use of words leading to speech that doesn’t make sense

As schizophrenia progresses, the symptoms generally become more obvious and disruptive. They may include:

Delusions

The most common symptom of schizophrenia, delusions can take many forms and go far beyond imaginative or wishful thinking. You may, for instance, have increasingly strong beliefs that you have exceptional talent and are famous for your abilities. You also may choose to act upon those beliefs. In fact, you might go as far as purchasing clothing to wear to your award ceremony.

Some delusions may lead you to believe that certain individuals are stalking or threatening your well-being. Conversely, you may also become convinced that a stranger who makes casual eye contact on a crowded street corner secretly loves you.

Hallucinations

Hallucinations triggered by schizophrenia cause you to see and/or hear voices, music, people or beings that exist only in the mind. For you, however, the encounters seem so real that you may engage in conversation with the characters in your hallucination. You may also accept their instruction regarding how to spend your day.

You may, for example, obey when you’re told to skip work, leave school, or smash your phone to avoid unwanted observation from unseen enemies. Unfortunately, you may also accept their low opinion regarding your worth, value, or appearance.

Disorganized and/or abnormal speech and behavior

Schizophrenia can also cause you to engage in useless or excessive movement that doesn’t accomplish your desired goal. For example, rather than stepping onto the bus you were planning to ride, you may pace frantically in circles on the sidewalk. Your speech may also become rambling, disorganized, circular, and/or repetitive.

Left untreated, schizophrenia can effectively control and essentially interfere with every aspect of your life.

How can I manage my schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia can’t be managed on your own and requires lifelong treatment. At Creative Care, we combine medication with a variety of therapies and self-help measures. These are aimed at significantly reducing and eventually eliminating your symptoms.

Our in-patient program is especially effective because it gives you time to focus on your health and the steps you and your loved ones can take to overcome the challenges of schizophrenia.

During your stay, we carefully balance medications to control delusions, hallucinations, disordered thinking, and paranoia. Individual and group therapy can improve your coping skills and help you manage stress, maintain effective communication, rebuild healthy relationships, and gain insight from others experiencing schizophrenia.     

The self-help measures we promote and support at Creative Care include routine exercise, a healthy diet, and avoidance of self-medicating behaviors or substance abuse. It also includes a lifelong commitment to continuing with your treatment plan even when you’re feeling well.

For treatment that works, contact Creative Care today at 800-832-3280.