Schizophrenia is hard to explain, even for those who suffer from it. The condition can be difficult to diagnose and scary for those experiencing it and their loved ones. Fortunately, if you receive the right care during your first episode, managing your mental illness will be easier in the future.
At Tapestry, we understand both the importance and the challenges of treating schizophrenia. Our treatment programs are designed to help you work towards achieving your goals and recreating meaning in your life. We take an evolved approach to behavioral healthcare, and we understand that symptoms of schizophrenia and other mental illnesses are rarely isolated.
For empathetic, effective treatment, call us at (844) 299-1343 today.
What Is Schizophrenia?
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI):
“Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness that interferes with a person’s ability to think clearly, manage emotions, make decisions and relate to others.”
Individuals with schizophrenia typically have their first episode in their late teens to early 30s, but symptoms present themselves earlier in men. Sometimes, the symptoms of schizophrenia can have physical causes, and other times, they may be mistaken for those of another mental illness (i.e. depression).
What Are the Symptoms of Schizophrenia?
Schizophrenia presents itself in stages or phases. The first stage is called the prodromal phase and is more likely to be mistaken for another mental illness or typical teen behavior.
Symptoms of the prodromal phase include:
- A change of friends and routine
- Social withdrawal and isolation
- Sleep problems
- Anxiety and distrust
- Lack of motivation
- Difficulty concentrating
Individuals can experience these symptoms for up to 2 years before their illness intensifies. Once schizophrenia moves into its active phase, many people begin suffering from hallucinations, delusions, negative symptoms, and cognitive issues.
If you or a loved one is seeing things no one else does, exhibiting paranoia, or having difficulty with organizing thoughts and completing tasks, it may be time to ask for help. Another symptom of active schizophrenia is behaving or speaking in a dull, emotionally flat way.
Many people do not realize they are experiencing schizophrenia because their hallucinations and delusions feel so real. As such, many people only pursue treatment after their friends and/or family members express concern.
Whether you are a concerned loved one or someone looking to get well, our supportive team at Tapestry is here to help you take the next steps.
How We Help
Unfortunately, there is no cure for schizophrenia. Nevertheless, the Tapestry team can help you or your loved one treat or manage their illness. Antipsychotic medications have been proven to reduce symptoms, and combining medicine with different types of therapy can drastically decrease a person’s likelihood of future episodes.
At our treatment facilities, you will have access to all the tools you need to manage your mental illness. We will tailor your treatment plan based on what works for you and help you take charge of your life in whichever ways you find most effective.
You will also have time to focus on your wellbeing and make connections with others in a safe and supportive environment and receive individual care from our compassionate and experienced staff.
Get Started Today
Our team at Tapestry is ready to help you. We understand what you’re going through, and we know it’s complex and scary. Getting help is a big step, but you can take it. We believe in you. Be brave.
Help us help you by calling us at (844) 299-1343 or sending us a message online today.
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