Treatment of Schizophrenia
Specialist Schizophrenia treatment is essential for combatting the symptoms of Schizophrenia, with combination therapies often being the most effective method. Schizophrenia can be effectively treated and cared for at home by a multidisciplinary team of experts that tailor treatment to the sufferer’s particular circumstances and individual traits. Schizophrenia is best treated in the early stages so, if you are suffering from potential Schizophrenia, contact Claimont today to find the help you need.
Types of Schizophrenia Treatment
By combining individualised Schizophrenia therapy with current clinical evidence, Claimont are able to offer various Schizophrenia treatment programmes that help people who are experiencing symptoms of Schizophrenia. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a great way to help you live with past experiences, whilst counselling may help if you need someone to talk to about the symptoms and feelings you are facing. To help weaken the delusions as well as the hallucinations, we can recommend antipsychotic medication. This is known to help people deal with Schizophrenia symptoms and can help you think more clearly. To gain the full benefits of the medication, it is best taken regularly, even if you have felt better for a long period of time. A combination of Schizophrenia therapies through a combined approach is usually the most effective way of reducing psychotic thoughts and behaviours. Alternative Schizophrenia treatment and therapies include meditation, relaxation, sleep therapy and physical therapies. Through these, we aim to give you the coping skills to help deal with your schizophrenia, as well as the knowledge to overcome certain aspects of it.
Symptoms of Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia is unique to each person. People with schizophrenia may show signs such as:
- Unable to complete day-to-day tasks such as going to work or taking care of your personal hygiene and appearance
- Feel distrusting, scared and suspicious of certain people, especially those who hold positions of authority or are part of groups
- Thoughts that people are ‘out to get you’ and are lying to you
- Feel afraid to seek help due to distrusting others around you
What are the symptoms of Schizophrenia?
If you are experiencing some of the following symptoms, you could be diagnosed with schizophrenia:
- Reduced interest in things
- Disconnection from feelings
- Difficulty concentrating
- Wishing to avoid people
- Hallucinations, which can include hearing voices or seeing things
- Delusions (which can include delusions) – strong beliefs that others don’t share
- Disorganised thinking and speech
- Not wanting to look after yourself
- Slow movement
- A difference in sleep patterns
- No interest in social activities you previously enjoyed
- Reduced sex drive
It is important to note that not everyone will experience these symptoms and need Schizophrenia treatment. The “prodromal phase” of the illness can include changes in sleeping patterns, avoiding social situations and feeling disconnected from the world around you and generally occurs to those in their late teens to their early thirties. An acute episode of Schizophrenia is more severe. The individual may feel anger, depression and panic, which can be extremely frightening and debilitating.
What Causes Schizophrenia?
The exact causes of Schizophrenia are unclear, but it most likely arises from a combination of environmental and genetic factors. When neurotransmitters in the body such as dopamine and serotonin are imbalanced, symptoms of Schizophrenia can occur. If there is a history of the illness within the family, there is a higher risk (around 10 per cent) of developing Schizophrenia also. There is an argument as to whether stressful situations could be a catalyst for developing early symptoms of Schizophrenia, or whether the circumstances are actually caused by the symptoms themselves, e.g. anger and distrust within relationships. Other contributing factors can stem from issues before and during birth, such as babies with malnutrition in the womb, complicated births or viral infections in the pregnant mother. Babies born to older parents are more likely to develop the illness, and if a person uses drugs that alter the mind during pregnancy, this also increases the risk.
Types of Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia is a condition within the spectrum of Schizophrenia that manifests itself in delusions and hallucinations, often causing the person suffering to believe they are being ‘plotted against’ by those around them. These debilitating and fear-inducing symptoms confuse what reality is and what isn’t, making it difficult for the person affected to live a normal and fulfilling life. Some people find that symptoms of Schizophrenia develop slowly over a period of time, whereas others notice them occurring very rapidly. is the main Schizophrenia type, but there are others, including:
Schizophrenia Treatment At Home
Schizophrenia treatment at home can be an effective way of reducing the current symptoms you face through a combination of expert techniques. Claimont’s Schizophrenia specialists first seek to understand the severity of your condition, before developing a personal treatment plan tailored to your exact situation. For severe cases, full time live-in care would be the most appropriate to begin with. However, for cases not quite so severe, home treatments can be implemented into the treatment programme with the regularity dependent on the amount of care that is required. Contact Claimont today to discuss Schizophrenia with a friendly member of our team. We have experience dealing with all forms of Schizophrenia, ensuring you are in the safest of hands to once again live happily and healthily.