Schizophrenia Treatment Centers

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You are not alone in this.

In fact, about one person out of 100 may develop schizophrenia. There is no shame in accepting that you are afflicted with this disorder, neither is there shame in seeking professional psychiatric care to counter it.

“A diagnosis is burden enough without being burdened by secrecy and shame.” Jane Pauley

Understanding Schizophrenia

There is no known cause of schizophrenia. Researchers can only speculate and point their fingers at genetics, environment, or a combination of both.

“After a century of studying schizophrenia, the cause of the disorder remains unknown.” Thomas R. Insel

What we do know for certain about schizophrenia is that it proves to be an almost insurmountable challenge to the patient, making it hard for him or her to differentiate between reality and hallucination. Furthermore, there is also difficulty in thinking clearly, managing emotions, relating to other people, and functioning in a social sense. Thus, early diagnosis is essential for successful treatment and management.

“To not have your suffering recognized is an almost unbearable form of violence.” Andrei Lankov

But worry not; schizophrenia does not necessarily equal a life sentence. Once carefully diagnosed, this disorder is treatable, controllable, and manageable. Rest assured that with early diagnosis and proper treatment, there’s always hope for schizophrenia patients to still lead regular lives and develop healthy relationships.

“Your illness does not define you. Your strength and courage does.” Anonymous

If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, it should never be seen as a hopeless or desperate case. Schizophrenia is not at all a rare condition.

Signs and Symptoms of Schizophrenia

While the general public often mistakes it as being one and the same with “split personality” disorder, what schizophrenia actually does is separate the patient from reality, and not into multiple personalities. It is also important to note that most schizophrenics do not display violent behavior or pose a threat to the safety of others.

Below are early indications to look out for if you suspect someone of having this disorder:

  • Self-isolation and depression
  • Fear, paranoia and hostility
  • Degradation in personal hygiene and grooming
  • Blank or “spaced out” stare
  • Inability to express emotions
  • Laughing or crying inappropriately
  • Unnatural sleeping patterns, whether difficulty in falling asleep or sleeping more than necessary
  • Forgetfulness and inability to focus
  • Absurdities in speaking manner or showing irrational behavior
  • Overreacting when criticized

“Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, but stigma and bias shame us all.” Bill Clinton

While these early warning signs may point to conditions other than schizophrenia, it is imperative that you seek professional medical intervention as soon as possible in order for proper diagnosis and treatment to take place.

The main symptoms characterizing schizophrenia are the following:

  • Paranoia and delusions, whether of persecution, reference, grandeur, or control
  • Hallucinations, mostly auditory but also visual in some cases, experienced most especially when alone
  • Muddled speech; making up incoherent and apparently meaningless words or phrases; repeating words or phrases again and again; and jumping from one topic to another without correlation whatsoever
  • Bizarre, unpredictable, and impulsive behavior
  • Blank facial expression, emotionless voice, monotonous manner of speaking, inability to make eye contact, lack of regard for self-care, and antisocial behavior

However, there is no black and white in schizophrenia. Signs and symptoms may differ from one person to another, whether in the pattern or gravity of the condition.

The Importance of a Proper Schizophrenia Treatment Program

Schizophrenia has a detrimental effect on patients’ thoughts, views, and behavior, leaving them with a distorted perception of what is real and what is not. When left undiagnosed and untreated, schizophrenics may also have to face the following difficulties:

  • Relationship issues
  • Disrupted daily functions
  • Increased suicidal tendencies

There is no known cure for schizophrenia, but it can be treated and managed. Patients who have been diagnosed and have undergone the necessary treatment and medication to somehow counteract the destructive symptoms of the disorder have a better chance of leading normal lives.

Like diabetes or high blood pressure, schizophrenia is a long term condition that requires a strict and sustained adherence to prescription medication. With our help, a treatment plan to suit your particular needs can be designed, efficiently reversing the symptoms, avoiding hospitalization, and keeping relapses at bay.

What to Expect from the Program

Aside from emphasizing the need for strict adherence to doctors’ prescriptions, we also make it a point to incorporate the following principles into our treatment program:

  • Create a stress management strategy, not only for the patient, but for everyone else personally involved in the treatment process, such as friends and relatives. Stress and anxiety are known triggers for schizophrenia episodes.
  • Be as supportive as we can, allowing the patient to have a voice and be actively involved in the treatment process. Self-help is as crucial for progress as the external support system that our program is offering.

“Never give up on someone with a mental illness. When ‘I’ is replaced by ‘We,’ illness becomes wellness.” Shannon L. Alder

Hand in hand, we can get through this journey together and secure the health, safety, and happiness your loved ones deserve.


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