In the United States, about 3.2 million people live with schizophrenia. To effectively manage the overwhelming symptoms of schizophrenia, the skilled team at Pacific Neuropsychiatric Specialists offers comprehensive care at their offices in Huntington Beach, Orange, Dana Point, and Costa Mesa, California. Whether you need outpatient therapy or intensive inpatient treatment, the psychiatric team works with you every step of the way to enhance your quality of life. If you’re struggling with schizophrenia, call the office nearest you to learn more.
Schizophrenia is a chronic mental health disorder that influences how you think, act, and feel. For many with schizophrenia, it’s common to feel like they’ve lost touch with reality and find it difficult to cope with day-to-day life.
Your risk for developing schizophrenia involves a combination of genetic factors, environmental stimuli, and your brain chemistry. When there’s an imbalance in your brain chemicals, you may be at increased risk for mental health issues and psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia.
In many patients, the symptoms of schizophrenia become most apparent between the ages of 16 and 30.
Schizophrenia symptoms are categorized in three ways: positive, negative, and cognitive. Positive symptoms of the condition include hallucinations and delusions. You may also have cognitive dysfunction that affects the way you think.
Negative symptoms describe your behaviors and emotions, such as loss of pleasure in everyday activities, reduced desire to communicate with others, and lacking facial expressions or tone of voice.
Cognitive symptoms of schizophrenia may involve:
An evaluation of these symptoms and a review of your medical history can help your provider at Pacific Neuropsychiatric Specialists determine if you have schizophrenia or another underlying medical or mental health condition.
Based on the results of your psychiatric evaluation, your provider can customize a treatment plan to alleviate the worst of your symptoms and help you enjoy a high quality of life.
Your custom care plan focuses on addressing your symptoms and most likely involves the use of antipsychotic medications. These medications are available in both pill form and via injections.
In many cases, the medications cause side effects that resolve on their own within a few days of starting therapy. Your provider works closely with you to find the right medication and the right dosage to keep your symptoms well-managed.
You also receive direction and resources to help you cope with your condition, including instruction on life skills that allow you to stay involved in your usual routine.
In the event of schizophrenia-related emergencies, the staff at Pacific Neuropsychiatric Specialists can coordinate inpatient care at a local hospital or residential treatment program.
Find out more about treatment options for schizophrenia by calling the office today.