Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia Defined:
Schizophrenia is not a "split personality"—that is a rare and very different disorder. Schizophrenia is considered a group of mental disorders, rather than a single illness, characterized by thought disorder (a diminished ability to think clearly and logically), delusions, and hallucinations. Personal weakness or bad parenting does not cause schizophrenia; on the contrary, this emotionally devastating group of disorders has a biological basis with a genetic link. This group of mental disorders is relatively common with an estimated 1% of our population diagnosed with it over the course of their lives. Symptoms of Schizophrenia appear gradually and may not be noticed at first; however, as the illness progresses, changes occur and symptoms of Schizophrenia become more bizarre.

Symptoms/Signs of Schizophrenia:

  • Lack of Emotional Expression
  • Apathy and/or Aloofness
  • Social Withdrawal
  • Inability to Recognize Own Illness
  • Change in Personality and Habits
  • Inward Self Focus
  • Difficulty Communicating
  • Delusions
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations (Heard, Seen, or Felt)

BMS Treatment Options for Schizophrenia:

Because the support of family and friends is crucial to recovery, education about the illness is essential. Outpatient COUNSELING SERVICES for all involved (patient, family, friends, etc.) is an option for treatment for Schizophrenia. MAJOR MENTAL ILLNESS [links to: “Major Mental Illness – Adults”) treatment options may be required. Acute cases may require day programs or rehabilitation facilities. Hospitalization is necessary in the case of critical psychotic episodes and severe symptoms of Schizophrenia. Medication Management with anti-psychotic drugs can dramatically improve function and augment treatment of Schizophrenia.

Contact Behavior Management Systems for an individual assessment on treatment for Schizophrenia.

More Information about Schizophrenia from APA.org


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