What is schizophrenia?
Schizophrenia falls under the category of mental illnesses known as thought disorders. It is an illness that can interfere with a person's ability to care for themselves, socialize appropriately, and work. People who have schizophrenia often have a hard time concentrating and communicating with others. People who suffer from this disease experience what are known as psychotic symptoms, including delusions, hallucinations, and disorganized speech.
Common symptoms of Schizophrenia
Who Schizophrenia affects
It is estimated that about one out of one hundred people get schizophrenia. Usually, the symptoms first appear in the teenage years or early adulthood. Everyone in the life of a person who has schizophrenia's is also affected by this potentially devastating mental illness.
What causes schizophrenia?
Schizophrenia's causes are not completely known but genetic influences are thought to play a primary factor. It also appears that stress may trigger the onset of this illness in some people who have the genetic disposition to develop schizophrenia.
For several decades there have been medications that can treat the symptoms of schizophrenia. Medications such as Thorazine and Haldol have effectively been used to help people who experience psychotic features. Newer medications such a Clozaril and Zyprexa are controlling symptoms with even better results in many people and with less of the troublesome side effects. Another treatment that sometimes coincides with a medication routine is for a person to receive information and support on an outpatient basis, such as at a Day Treatment program. Lakeside Alternatives has a fully developed Day Treatment program which offers psychoeducational and rehabilitation groups in a supportive setting. Individualized treatment goals also are addressed in such programs.
Services offered to people with schizophrenia at Lakeside
Lakeside Alternatives offers Medication Clinics, Pharmaceutical, Day Treatment, Vocational, Case Management, and Emergency Services, as appropriate, to people with the potentially devastating mental illness of schizophrenia.
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