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Treatment for Schizophrenia

Treatment for Schizophrenia at Palms Behavioral Health

Schizophrenia is a chronic and severe mental illness that affects a person’s thinking, emotions, and behavior. It is a disorder that disrupts the normal functioning of the brain, causing a range of symptoms that can be distressing and debilitating. Symptoms of schizophrenia can vary but often include delusions (false beliefs), hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not there), disorganized thinking and speech, lack of motivation, and social withdrawal. These symptoms can make it difficult for people with schizophrenia to carry out daily tasks, communicate effectively with others, and function independently. Although there is no cure, treatment options including medication, therapy, and support from family and friends can help manage the symptoms and improve quality of life.

Schizophrenia Treatment

At Palms Behavioral Health, inpatient care for schizophrenia involves providing intensive treatment and support for individuals who are experiencing acute symptoms of the disorder and require a higher level of care than can be provided on an outpatient basis.

Inpatient care typically involves an assessment and admission at Palms Behavioral Health, where the individual can receive 24-hour monitoring and care from our team of healthcare professionals. The goal of inpatient care is to stabilize the individual’s symptoms, provide a safe and supportive environment, and develop a comprehensive treatment plan that can be continued on an outpatient basis.

During inpatient care for schizophrenia, the patient may receive a combination of medication, therapy, and other supportive interventions to help manage symptoms and improve their overall functioning. Treatment may also involve family therapy or education, social skills training, and vocational rehabilitation to help the individual reintegrate into their community.

Early Warning Signs of Schizophrenia

Symptoms and warning signs of schizophrenia are different for everyone, and they may develop slowly over a period of years or quickly over a period of months or weeks. Early warning signs of schizophrenia may include:

If you or someone you know is experiencing these early warning signs for a period lasting longer than two weeks, seek help immediately.

Who is Eligible to Receive Care for Schizophrenia?

Inpatient care for schizophrenia is typically reserved for individuals who are experiencing severe symptoms or who are at risk of harming themselves or others. The length of stay in an inpatient facility can vary depending on the individual’s needs but is generally shorter than in the past due to advances in medication and other treatments that have made it possible to manage symptoms more effectively in an outpatient setting.

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