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What Is Schizophrenia?

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Schizophrenia is a term that often carries with it fear and misunderstanding, partly because of how it’s portrayed in media and partly due to its complex nature. But what is schizophrenia?

Imagine living with schizophrenia as a puzzle that affects how a person perceives and interacts with the world. Those who face this challenge often find everyday activities and social interactions bewildering, as if the rules of the game have suddenly changed, and no one explained how. This is where our schizophrenia treatment program at Rockland Recovery Behavioral Health comes into play. It offers a bridge that helps connect the pieces, making sense of the confusion and fostering a path toward stability and understanding. Call us at 855.520.0531 to learn more about our services and programs.

What Is Schizophrenia?

So, what is schizophrenia disorder? Schizophrenia is a chronic and severe mental health disorder that affects a person’s thinking, feelings, and behaviors. Individuals with schizophrenia may seem like they have lost touch with reality, which can be distressing for them and their families. Schizophrenia is, by definition, characterized by episodes of psychosis featuring delusions and hallucinations. However, contrary to popular belief, it does not cause a ‘split personality.’

This disorder typically manifests in late adolescence or early adulthood and is understood through a combination of genetic, brain chemistry, and environmental factors. Treatment is often lifelong and involves a combination of medications, psychotherapy, and tailored support services. At Rockland Recovery Behavioral Health, our treatment approach integrates evidence-based practices that respect the personal journey of each client.

Signs and Symptoms of Schizophrenia Disorder

Recognizing the signs and symptoms of schizophrenia early can significantly impact the effectiveness of treatment and management of the disorder. Symptoms are generally divided into three categories: positive, negative, and cognitive.

  • Positive symptoms – Include hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not there), delusions (false beliefs), and thought disorders (unusual or dysfunctional ways of thinking).
  • Negative symptoms – Refer to disruptions to normal emotions and behaviors, which might manifest as a seeming lack of emotion, reduced ability to function normally, or withdrawal from life and social activities.
  • Cognitive symptoms – Involve changes in memory or other aspects of thinking, such as trouble focusing or paying attention and difficulties in working memory.

Understanding schizophrenia is crucial because it is enveloped in misconception and stigma. It’s important to recognize that schizophrenia is a medical condition. It’s not caused by bad parenting, personal weakness, or a lack of willpower. Our team at Rockland Recovery Behavioral Health can identify these symptoms. Then, they can provide interventions that not only address these manifestations but also work on the underlying triggers and stressors. They employ therapies like cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).

Join Our Schizophrenia Treatment Program at Rockland Recovery Behavioral Health Today

At Rockland Recovery Behavioral Health, we believe in a treatment approach that considers your unique needs. Our programs fit into your life without requiring you to pause your responsibilities, whether professional or personal. By joining our schizophrenia treatment program, you’ll gain access to a supportive community and a team of experts dedicated to your recovery journey.

We employ a variety of therapeutic approaches tailored to treat schizophrenia effectively. Each method provides tools for better managing symptoms and improving overall mental health. Moreover, there’s a strong emphasis on mindfulness and self-compassion. Our outpatient setting allows for intensive care, including partial hospitalization if necessary, without the need to withdraw from your daily activities. This flexible approach helps integrate treatment into your life, making it sustainable and less overwhelming.

Take the first step toward a more stable and fulfilling life today. Contact us at Rockland Recovery Behavioral Health at 855.520.0531 or use our online contact form. Let us help you navigate the complexities of schizophrenia with compassion and expertise.