Mental Health

What is Schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia

A disorder characterized by thoughts or experiences that are out of touch with reality, as well as disorganized speech patterns and behavior.

Characteristics

  • False beliefs not based on reality (delusions)
  • Hallucinations (can be any sense, not just visual)
  • Disorganized thinking that manifests through speech, abnormal motor behavior, negative symptoms

Schizophrenia affects less than one percent of the U.S. population.  The complexity of schizophrenia may help explain why there are misconceptions about the disease. Schizophrenia does not mean split personality or multiple-personality. Most people with schizophrenia are not any more dangerous or violent than people in the general population. While limited mental health resources in the community may lead to homelessness and frequent hospitalizations, it is a misconception that people with schizophrenia end up homeless or living in hospitals. Most people with schizophrenia live with their family, in group homes or on their own (reference).

People with schizophrenia require lifelong treatment. Early treatment may help get symptoms under control before serious complications develop and may help improve the long-term outlook

Example Behaviors

  • Difficulty with self-care
  • Flattened affect (very limited displays of emotion)
  • Word salad, catatonia, clang association (speaking based on rhymes instead of what makes sense)

There’s Help

If you recognize these characteristics and behaviors in yourself or in a loved one, there is help. At Water Gap Wellness, we treat Schizophrenia  and other mental health diagnoses. Our trained medical and clinical staff will help you manage the diagnosis while giving you hope for a productive and healthy future. Get started today 1-833-949-4673. Our friendly admissions counselors are standing by to help.

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