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Schizophrenia Treatment in Philadelphia

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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. Mental health specialists at Einstein’s medical centers in Philadelphia and Elkins Park work with patients suffering from Schizophrenia through personalized treatment programs.

Full Range of Schizophrenia Treatments

We offer a wide variety of schizophrenia treatments for both inpatient and outpatient needs, including therapy and rehabilitative service options for schizophrenia patients at multiple, convenient locations throughout the Philadelphia region.

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

Prior to defining a treatment program, 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. Prior to creating tailored schizophrenia treatment options and programs for our patients, specialists at Einstein will assess the following signs during the assessment and diagnosis process:

  • 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

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Locations for Schizophrenia Treatment

Einstein’s various locations throughout Philadelphia and in Elkins Park provide convenience to both inpatient and outpatient treatment needs for Schizophrenia:

Inpatient treatment for mood and affective disorders

Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia
5501 Old York Road
Philadelphia, PA 19141
215-456-3209

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
215-456-9850

Einstein Center One
9880 Bustleton Avenue, Suite 218
Philadelphia, PA 19141
215-827-1540

Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park
60 Township Line Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027
215-456-9850

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