Schizophrenia can begin as early as the early-to-late twenties (earlier for man, later for women). If you or someone you know appears to be exhibiting symptoms and signs of schizophrenia, give us a call today at North County Health Services and we can direct you to our schizophrenia clinic that provides schizophrenia treatment.
Symptoms of Schizophrenia
The symptoms can vary from individual to individual. The following symptoms are among the most common and easily recognized symptoms that can be detected in most victims of schizophrenia:
- Disorganized thoughts/speech
- Withdrawal from family and/or friends
- Sudden reduction in performance at school or work
- Difficulty sleeping
- Consistently irritable or depressed attitude
- Severe lack of motivation
- Abnormal motor behavior
Types of Schizophrenia
Like many other kinds of physical or mental conditions, there are different types and variations of the condition that impact how the condition manifests. This is no different for schizophrenia. Each type affects the mind differently and produces a different result for each individual. While each particular case of schizophrenia is unique, we can organize them into the following major categories:
This form of schizophrenia is among the most common and is characterized by delusional thoughts (e.g., conspiracy thoughts) or hallucinations that they hear. A schizophrenic may think that they are being chased, hunted, or being looked for from a group of people that don’t exist.
It’s not uncommon that these types of schizophrenics are diagnosed late into the process because they behave and appear normal to other people early on. This can make it difficult to get schizophrenia treatment that they may need early on.
This form of schizophrenia is characterized as a reduced ability to maintain logical thought processes. As the name suggests, the individual’s thoughts are highly disorganized and confused. An indicator may be that the schizophrenic jumps from a subject to a completely different subject entirely within a conversation.
While the occasional disorganized thought won’t immediate indicate that they need treatment for schizophrenia, but if it becomes a pattern it is worth investing.
For this category of schizophrenia, there are two sub-types:
Catatonic Stupor, which is a dramatic limit to an activity, such as the individual coming to a complete stop. In some cases, the individual may even become completely immobilized for a period of time.
Catatonic Excitement, which is the opposite of the Catatonic Stupor, and instead the individual is highly active and takes part in repetitive (although sometimes aimless) activities. It’s not uncommon for the individual to “mirror” what another person is doing or saying.
This form of schizophrenia is where an individual was once schizophrenic, but no longer exhibits symptoms (or they have been greatly reduced). Schizophrenia treatment may still be recommended, depending on the severity and frequency of occasional schizophrenia attacks.
This type of schizophrenia combines schizophrenia with depression or bipolar disorder. It’s often harder to diagnose due to the variety of symptoms from either depression or bipolar disorder. It’s still worth visiting a schizophrenia clinic for schizophrenia medication or schizophrenia recovery if you suspect someone may be exhibiting schizophrenic behaviors.
This type of schizophrenia is for individuals who give off multiple schizophrenic symptoms but may not specifically fall into a predefined category of schizophrenia.
Schizophrenia centers can help to diagnose whether or not you or someone you know has schizophrenia, the severity of it, and can provide schizophrenia medication to help manage or reduce the symptoms.
Dealing with these symptoms requires lifelong schizophrenia treatment, regardless of whether or not the symptoms have gone away after being diagnosed. Treatment involves a combination of psychotherapy and schizophrenia medication. Depending on the severity of the schizophrenia, recovery may involve hospitalization and other treatment options. This is to ensure that victims get the necessary schizophrenia treatment that they need to make a suitable recovery for an episode and to ensure that they are safe and get adequate nutrition and sleep.
When it comes to schizophrenia medication, antipsychotics are among the most common. However, the type of medication method will vary from patient to patient, as some individuals may be resistant to taking prescriptions drugs. As a result, they may be required to receive injections or a combination of different medication methods. Always consult with a trusted doctor before taking certain medications.
Psychotherapy / Psychosocial Intervention
Depending on the severity of the schizophrenia and how receptive the individual is to additional treatment for schizophrenia, psychotherapy or psychosocial intervention may be recommended to help the individual suffering from schizophrenia. These interventions are designed to help the individual cope with their condition and its symptoms, improve basic functions throughout their life and socialization. A few examples are included below.
- Training for Social Skills – This type of treatment helps the individual understand basic social interactions and improve communication with other individuals.
- Support for the Rehabilitation of Vocation and Employment – It can be difficult for individuals suffering schizophrenia to find and keep jobs. With this kind of support, they will be provided assistance to help them develop skills to find or keep a job in order to better support themselves.
- Therapy Support for Families – When schizophrenia is diagnosed within a family, it can make it difficult for members of the family to cope with the changes on their own. This kind of support helps by providing information and other support to members of the family.
- Individualized Therapy – Therapy can help schizophrenia sufferers to cope with the stress associated with schizophrenia, as well as to better detect the early stages of a relapse period.
If you or someone you know is suffering from the symptoms of schizophrenia, contact us today at North County Health Services. Our San Marcos and Oceanside locations specialize in Behavioral Health and can help with schizophrenia recovery and treatment. Our schizophrenia centers focus on providing treatment and medication, those that suffer from schizophrenia can get on the right track to better understand schizophrenia and how to prevent it from interfering with the rest of their life. Contact us today to get started!