Psychotic disorders are some of the most heavily stigmatized mental health conditions. It is an umbrella term that includes several disorders: schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, schizophreniform disorder, delusional disorders, brief psychotic disorder, substance-induced psychotic disorder, and psychosis caused by a medical condition. These conditions can make day-to-day life feel impossible to manage. However, with Northeast Health Services’ specialized schizophrenia treatment, you can take back control and reclaim your future.
If you or someone close to you are struggling with schizophrenia, know that help is available. Reach out to the knowledgeable and compassionate staff at Northeast Health Services by dialing 508.794.8711 for further information about our comprehensive approach to treating psychosis and related conditions in Massachusetts.
What Is Schizophrenia?
Individuals afflicted with schizophrenia often have their perceptions of reality distorted, manifesting in the form of hallucinations and auditory delusions that can emotionally destabilize them, affect how they communicate and behave, as well as disrupt a sense of personal identity.
Individuals enduring psychotic disorders, like schizophrenia, are often faced with a combination of cognitive, emotional, and behavioral issues due to the impairments in multiple areas of their brain. The most common symptoms associated with psychosis include:
- Irritability or paranoia
- Disorganized behavior
- Poor hygiene
- Poor memory
- Catatonic episodes
- Depressed mood
Each person is different, so each individual’s symptoms will be unique. It is always best to talk to a doctor if you are concerned.
What to Expect in Schizophrenia Treatment
Treatment for schizophrenia can involve the following:
- Therapy – Therapy can help people with psychotic symptoms cope with stress, improve social skills, and learn strategies for identifying and controlling relapses.
- Family and community support – For people struggling with psychotic symptoms, family and community support can play a significant role in overall well-being. Community programs may offer group or occupational support.
- Medication – Mood stabilizers, antipsychotics, and other types of medication can be used to control the symptoms of psychotic disorders and help people get back to daily wellness and optimal mental health.
Though schizophrenia may seem daunting, there is assistance available to help individuals cope with the illness and live full and rewarding lives. Schizophrenia treatment is accessible and can aid in managing symptoms of this mental condition.