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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.
It 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 refer to the psychotic behaviors often seen in someone with the disorder, such as hallucinations, delusions, and thought disorders.
The negative symptoms refer to changes in emotions and behaviors, such as flat affect, decreased ability to feel pleasure, and limited speaking.
Cognitive symptoms may include lack of focus or inability to comprehend information. The degree of the cognitive effects vary.
Although rare, the disorder 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, 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 the disorder.
What are the treatments for schizophrenia?
Treatment 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 the quality of life. For compassionate care, call Creative Care today.