The American Psychiatric Association recently released new guidelines for the treatment of schizophrenia. The recommendations include assessment and treatment planning, as well as pharmacotherapy. As Dr. George Keepers, chair of the guideline writing group, states “patients are often treated with an effective medication and then forced, by circumstances or their insurance company, to switch to another that may not be effective for them, resulting in unnecessary relapses of the illness.” It’s an example of, as Keepers says, their intention to ” make recommendations to treat the whole person and take into account their family and other significant people in their lives.” As Creative Care treats schizophrenia and patient-centered care is a practice we value highly, we thought this would be a good opportunity to talk a little about each.
A Frightening, Lonely Condition
Schizophrenia is a serious mental health condition that significantly alters the way a person thinks, feels, and behaves. This can include hallucinations and delusions, a flat affect, anhedonia, short- and long-term memory problems, and other cognitive impairments. People who struggle with schizophrenia may hear voices that aren’t there or believe that others are trying to hurt them. Researchers believe that schizophrenia has both genetic and environmental components. While there is no cure, it can be managed with the proper treatment. It’s a frightening, lonely condition that makes patient-centered care all the more essential.
A Collaborative Effort
Creative Care recognizes each client as a person with individual values, needs, and goals. Furthermore, we let these guide us in every clinical decision we make. While treatment for schizophrenia means managing symptoms, we re-frame those symptoms as an individual’s subjective experiences to help them understand and self-manage their illness. Indeed, it’s a collaborative effort between the treatment team, clients, and families to best serve each individual who walks through our doors.
A New Life of Happiness and Fulfillment
Creative Care’s fully equipped staff that includes a consulting psychiatrist, psychotherapists, registered nurses, counselors, and other highly trained professionals, all expertly trained to deal with schizophrenia. Furthermore, we coordinate our services to treat each client holistically from admissions to aftercare. Those services may include:
- Individual and group counseling
- Family or couples therapy
- Art therapy
- Nutrition group
- Equine group
- Yoga and other relaxation therapy
We work as a team to help you manage your symptoms and live a new life of happiness and fulfillment. If you or someone you love is suffering from schizophrenia, start the recovery process today by calling Creative Care at 855-954-0762.