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  • Schizophrenia is a severe mental illness caused by brain abnormalities, such as abnormal chemistry or growth in the brain cells. There is no way to prevent schizophrenia and no medical test to determine its presence.

    Full Range of Treatment

    We offer a wide variety of therapy and rehabilitative service options for schizophrenia patients at multiple, convenient locations.

    Medication. At times antipsychotic medications will be used to treat schizophrenia.

    Family support. We work with patients’ families to ensure they have the most supportive environment possible.

    Diagnosing Schizophrenia

    Our trained psychiatrists conduct in-depth evaluations of each patient, comparing symptoms to the classification for schizophrenia in Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. In addition, our diagnosis involves conducting a full mental status exam and family interviews.

    In rare cases, to rule out certain other conditions, laboratory tests are conducted, including:

    • Complete blood count (CBC)
    • Blood tests
    • Imaging tests such as MRI or CT scan

    Symptoms of Schizophrenia

    While “schizophrenia” means “split-mind,” it is not the same as split personality or multiple personality disorder.

    Symptoms typically exhibit as a result of stressful events in the teen or twenties’ years. Schizophrenia frequently disrupts people’s lives, making even basic self-care impossible. It often is co-occurs with substance abuse or is concurrent with other mental health issues, such as depression.

    Symptoms of schizophrenia typically develop slowly; it is often years before extreme problems present. Signs to watch for include: 

    • Hallucinations or delusions
    • Irritability or tense feelings
    • Difficulty sleeping
    • Difficulty concentrating and disorganized behavior
    • Problems with attention, decision making and memory
    • Lack of emotion
    • Loss of interest in activities
    • Lack of energy or productivity
    • False paranoia that someone is trying to do them harm


    Inpatient treatment for mood and affective disorders

    Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia
    5501 Old York Road
    Philadelphia, PA 19141

    Outpatient offices for mood and affective disorder treatment

    Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia
    Medical Office Building at Tabor Road
    1200 W. Tabor Road, Suite 100
    Philadelphia, PA 19141

    Einstein Center One
    9880 Bustleton Avenue, Suite 218
    Philadelphia, PA 19141

    Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park
    60 Township Line Road
    Elkins Park, PA 19027


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