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