Schizophrenia

Creative Care

Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program & Mental Health Treatment Program located in Woodland Hills, CA & Calabasas, CA

Schizophrenia is not as common as other mental health disorders, but the symptoms are debilitating. The compassionate team at Creative Care, specializes in the management and treatment of schizophrenia and can provide the care you or a loved one need to improve quality of life. To learn more about the inpatient treatment program, call us today.

 

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Schizophrenia Q & A

What is schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is a severe mental health disorder that significantly impacts how you feel, think, and behave. People with this mental health disorder have an altered view of reality and may experience hallucinations, delusions, and disturbances in thinking that are disabling.

Schizophrenia is a lifelong mental health condition that requires ongoing management. Getting treatment early may prevent complications and improve long-term outcomes.

What are the symptoms of schizophrenia?

Symptoms of schizophrenia most often appear between the ages of 16-30. The symptoms fall into three categories:

Positive symptoms

Positive symptoms refer to the psychotic behaviors often seen in someone with schizophrenia, such as hallucinations, delusions, and thought disorders.

Negative symptoms

The negative symptoms refer to changes in emotions and behaviors, such as flat affect, decreased ability to feel pleasure, and limited speaking.

Cognitive symptoms

Cognitive symptoms may include lack of focus or inability to comprehend information. The degree of the cognitive effects vary.

Although rare, schizophrenia can develop in childhood.

What causes schizophrenia?

Researchers still investigate the underlying cause of schizophrenia, but believe genetics and environment play a role in its development. While schizophrenia often runs in families, you can develop the mental health condition without a family history of it.

It’s theorized that you may carry the gene for schizophrenia, which may then get triggered by an environmental factor such as a virus.

Researchers also theorize that there is an imbalance in the neurotransmitters in the brain that causes the development of schizophrenia.

What are the treatments for schizophrenia?

Treatment for schizophrenia is focused on managing the symptoms. The experienced team at Creative Care offers an intensive inpatient mental health program to find the most effective treatment for your symptoms. During your stay, you may undergo regular psychotherapy along with professional observation to identify the best course of treatment.

The team also teaches you and your family coping skills to help you manage the condition once discharged from the program, which may include referrals to outside programs for ongoing care.

Schizophrenia is a lifelong mental health condition that requires care for symptom management and improvement in quality of life. For compassionate care, call Creative Care today.