Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness that affects a person’s ability to think clearly or relate to the world around them. This complex condition can significantly impair a person’s daily functioning and make it challenging for them to control their behaviors and emotions.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) notes that there are four key symptoms associated with schizophrenia, and a person must be displaying two or more of these symptoms for at least a month to warrant a schizophrenia diagnosis:
- Hallucinations – Seeing, hearing, or smelling things that are not real
- Delusions – Believing things despite having evidence that those ideas or beliefs are false
- Negative symptoms – Expressing no emotions, speaking in a flat voice, and showing no interest in participating in their own life or maintaining their relationships
- Disorganized thinking – Struggling to organize their thoughts and speech and, in some cases, lacking unawareness that they have an illness
Tower Behavioral Health provides inpatient schizophrenia treatment for adults of all genders age 18 and older. Seeking schizophrenia treatment at the earliest signs that you may be struggling with schizophrenia can help you set the groundwork for a healthier, more satisfying life.
Schizophrenia Signs & Symptoms
It’s important to get professional help if you think that you’re experiencing schizophrenia symptoms, because living with untreated schizophrenia can significantly disrupt your day-to-day life. Just like any other health condition, schizophrenia impacts every person differently, so it’s essential to talk to an expert to assess your specific situation.
Here are examples of schizophrenia warning signs and symptoms:
- Speaks in jumbled sentences
- Speaks in a monotone voice
- Stops reacting with any emotion
- Has angry or fearful outbursts
- Struggles to concentrate or complete tasks
- Seems disconnected from the world around them
- Sits or stands in the same position for long periods
- Hears or sees things that are not real or did not happen
- Believes things despite evidence that they are not true
- Stops caring for their personal hygiene and living space
- Diminished interest in spending time with loved ones
- The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that up to 0.64% of people in the United States are struggling with schizophrenia.
- About half of people who have schizophrenia also suffer from a co-occurring mental health condition.
- Approximately 4.9% of people who have schizophrenia die by suicide.
The Benefits of Schizophrenia Treatment
Living with untreated schizophrenia can make it difficult to perform at work or maintain healthy relationships with those closest to you. You may find it hard to get through the day without significant effort.
The multidisciplinary team at Tower Behavioral Health understands how important timely, effective schizophrenia treatment is to your long-term wellness. At our schizophrenia treatment center in Reading, Pennsylvania, we tailor your schizophrenia treatment to your specific needs and recovery goals.
Schizophrenia treatment at the inpatient level provides crisis stabilization for the schizophrenia symptoms that have been so devastating to your life. We help you develop a sense of safety, and we support you as you rebuild your daily functioning so that you are no longer in a state of crisis.
When you seek schizophrenia treatment, you’ll learn to manage the experiences, behaviors, and feelings that have been so disruptive. As you progress through schizophrenia treatment, the schizophrenia symptoms you’ve been struggling with seem less overpowering, and the world around you becomes more manageable.
With the help of the professionals at Tower Behavioral Health, you can regain control of your life and find hope for a better tomorrow.
Therapies Used in Schizophrenia Treatment
Schizophrenia treatment at Tower Behavioral Health starts with a detailed assessment so that we can gain a better understanding of how schizophrenia is affecting you. Based on this assessment, we will develop a personalized schizophrenia treatment plan for you to follow throughout your time at our schizophrenia treatment center in Reading, Pennsylvania.
Although we tailor your schizophrenia treatment specifically to you, there are certain elements of care that are common to everyone’s treatment experience at Tower Behavioral Health. During your stay with us, you may engage in:
- Group therapy
- Individual therapy
- Art therapy
- Dance/movement therapy
- Music therapy
- Family meetings
- Leisure time
- Team-building activities
- Gym time
- Medication management
Our expert team uses various evidence-based treatment modalities to help you build a foundation for long-term healing. These might include dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and mindfulness practices.
Depending on your specific needs and recovery goals, we may also use the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) process and various sensory modalities and tools to help you get on the path to long-term wellness.
This content was written on behalf of and reviewed by the clinical staff at Tower Behavioral Health.