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Schizophrenia

  • 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

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

    Addictions or Substance Abuse treatment is available for patients who suffer from both schizophrenia and substance abuse.

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

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

    Diagnosing Schizophrenia

    Belmont’s 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

    Types of Schizophrenia

    Schizophrenia has many variations and sub-types. Although these are the most common, it is possible for a patient to have traits of multiple subtypes instead of a single, specific kind:

    •  Paranoid – most likely to exhibit delusions and hallucinations; the least functionally impaired subtype with the best hope to cure
    •  Catatonic – most likely to avoid social interactions or exhibit peculiar behaviors
    •  Disorganized – most likely to have disorganized thoughts and inappropriate emotional outbursts; the most functionally impaired subtype with the least hope to cure

    Locations

    Inpatient schizophrenia treatment

    Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment
    4200 Monument Road
    Philadelphia, PA 19131
    1-800-220-HELP (4357) 
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    Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia
    5501 Old York Road
    Philadelphia, PA 19141
    215-456-8925 
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    Outpatient offices for schizophrenia

     Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment
    4200 Monument Road
    Philadelphia, PA 19131
    1-800-220-HELP (4357) 
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    Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia 
    5501 Old York Road
    Philadelphia, PA 19141
    215-456-9850 
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    Einstein Center One 
    9880 Bustleton Avenue, Suite 218
    Philadelphia, PA 19141
    215-827-1520 
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     Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park
    Offices 28 and 29, Second Floor West
    60 Township Line Road
    Elkins Park, PA 19027
    215-456-9850 
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    Belmont Behavioral Health Northeast (BNE)
    10360 Drummond Road
    Philadelphia, PA 19154
    215-632-6400 
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     Germantown Community Health Services
    Suite 136
    One Penn Boulevard
    Philadelphia, PA 19144
    215-951-8121 
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    Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and Partial Hospitalization

    Belmont Behavioral Health Northeast (BNE)
    10360 Drummond Road
    Philadelphia, PA 19154
    215-632-6400 
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  • Questions? Call Us:

    1.800.220.4357

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    Licenses

    • Department of Health (DOH)
    • Department of Public Welfare (DPW)
    • Division of Drug and Alcohol Program Licensure (DDAPL)
    • Bureau of Drug and Alcohol (BDAP)

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