Schizophrenia is a mental illness that affects the way an individual acts, thinks, and views the world. Adults who are diagnosed with schizophrenia are often unable to distinguish between what is real and what is not real. They may see or hear things that are not really there, speak in strange and confusing ways, or think that others are plotting against them. Although schizophrenia is a serious and chronic disorder, there is help available. With proper support, medication management, and psychotherapy, many individuals can function independently and lead happy lives.
Having schizophrenia can be frightening, as you are often not sure what is real and what is imaginary, making daily life extremely difficult. At Greenleaf Behavioral Health Hospital, we recognize how scared and frustrated you may feel right now, not knowing if you will ever be able to get your symptoms under control.
However, it is important to not feel discouraged or overwhelmed. The compassionate staff here at Greenleaf can help you develop the skills and tools needed to get back to living the life you deserve.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If you are concerned that your loved one may be suffering from schizophrenia, there are some warning signs that should be considered cause for concern and can demonstrate that your loved one should be evaluated as soon as possible. Some of the early warning signs of schizophrenia include:
- Being socially withdrawn
- Deterioration of personal hygiene
- Displaying a general indifference to life
- Odd or irrational statements
- Flat, expressionless gaze
- Inappropriate laughter or crying
- Strange use of words or way of thinking
- Extreme reaction to criticism
While the diagnosis of schizophrenia in a loved one can be extremely difficult to handle, there are treatment options available that can help improve your loved one’s life. It can also be equally hard to help a loved one who has been diagnosed with this disorder, but there are things you can do to make life a little easier. Here are some tips to help your family member or loved one begin to manage his or her schizophrenia:
- Let your loved one know that he or she can always come to you with problems or concerns
- Help your loved one set up and maintain a daily routine
- Assist the person with his or her medication
- Remain patient and calm
- Look into joining support groups
Why Consider Treatment at Greenleaf Behavioral Health Hospital
If left untreated, schizophrenia can cause severe emotional, behavioral, and health problems. It may also eventually lead to legal and financial difficulties that can affect one’s everyday life. Additionally, individuals with schizophrenia can develop depression, anxiety, or substance use disorders. It is also common for those with schizophrenia to have suicidal thoughts or engage in suicidal behaviors. Treatment for schizophrenia is essential so that those who are suffering from this disorder can get the proper medication and therapy needed to lead a successful life.
Oftentimes, an inpatient treatment program that specializes in treating adults who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia can be an extremely beneficial way to get the most appropriate care. The professionals in an inpatient program will be able to determine each client’s exact needs and develop a treatment plan specifically for him or her. An inpatient program can also help get clients started on a medication routine and educate them about how important it is to adhere to their medication plan. Through therapy, individuals can learn to cope with stress and focus on improving both communication and social skills. Additionally, most inpatient programs provide family therapy, which can help to address any familial dysfunction and help family members learn how they can best help and support their loved one.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Greenleaf Behavioral Health Hospital, we recognize that our clients have walked a long path before reaching our doors, facing a variety of complications throughout that journey. As such, we have made it our mission to accept the responsibility as the destination of that journey and commit to giving one hundred percent of ourselves in effort and training in order to become experts in our field so that we can provide exceptional treatment and therapeutic programming in a safe environment. Our goal is to instill confidence in our clients so that they can walk out of our doors and successfully navigate the path to full recovery.
Types of Treatment offered at Greenleaf Behavioral Health Hospital
Upon arrival to Greenleaf, each client will complete an initial assessment that is designed to provide our staff with all of the information necessary for determining the individual’s exact treatment needs. Once the assessment is complete, it will be reviewed by one of our psychiatrists in order to confirm admission. All of our programs are designed to meet the individual needs of our clients through a comprehensive and compassionate approach, led by a team of highly trained psychiatrists and mental health professionals. Schizophrenia requires lifelong treatment, even when symptoms have subsided, and by beginning treatment in our inpatient program, the foundation for that ongoing treatment can be laid.
Some the treatment methods we use here at Greenleaf Behavioral Health Hospital for the treatment of schizophrenia include:
Medication management: Medication is cornerstone to the treatment of schizophrenia. The most commonly prescribed medications for schizophrenia are antipsychotics, which have proven to help control symptoms by affecting certain neurotransmitters in the brain. All clients who are prescribed any type of medication will meet with a psychiatrist daily for medication management services.
Individual sessions are held on an as-needed basis and are a time where clients can meet privately with a therapist. These sessions can help you or your loved one learn how to cope with stress and identify early warning signs of symptom relapse.
Group sessions: Group therapy is held four times a day and includes discussions on a wide variety of topics. Some of the major topics covered in these group sessions include stress management, anger management, effectively expressing emotions, communication, and life skills.
Family therapy: After an initial session that takes place upon admission, family therapy is held on an as-needed basis. Additionally, education is provided to those who have a family member in our treatment center, which can help provide loved ones with support and education about schizophrenia.
Recreational therapy is held once a day and provides individuals with the opportunity to participate in activities such as tennis, basketball, swimming, or gym time.
Depending upon your treatment plan, you may also participate in A.A. or N.A. meetings or have meetings with an outside therapist.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
At Greenleaf Behavioral Health Hospital, we offer outpatient treatment options for those who are ready to step down to a lower level of care. We offer a partial hospitalization program (PHP) for adults, which is held four hours a day. Partial hospitalization programming is designed to help clients remain successful in their recovery, while slowly reintegrating back into their daily home lives. At the time of discharge, all clients will meet with their treatment team, who will set them up with a therapist and determine the most appropriate level of aftercare programming. Some clients find it best to step down into our outpatient program, while others are ready to be discharged home. Once a client is discharged from our treatment center, we hold an aftercare program every Thursday evening in order to check in on our clients’ wellbeing.