Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Disorders

A common mood disorder that affects millions

Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders

Schizophrenia spectrum disorders (including schizophrenia, schizophrenifom disorder and schizoaffective disorder) all identify people who interpret reality abnormally. This perception may include delusions, paranoia, auditory and/or visual hallucinations and other diordered thinking. It is a serious mental illness and, if not treated early on, can lead to worsening of symptoms that are more difficult to control.

Importance of Early Detection

Symptoms of schizophrenia typically start to appear in early 20’s in men and a little later in women. Paranoia, delusional thinking and aberrant behavior are the first signs of this disease, progressing to auditory and then visual hallucinations. This is a chronic illness and will needed to be treated for the life of the patient if the diagnosis is accurate. Genetics play an important role in developing schizophrenia, and a family history of schizophrenia can be helpful in making the correct diagnosis, as schizophrenia is not a common mental illness

Co-occurring Mental Health Disorders

Many people with schizophrenia also struggle with anxiety, depression, and abuse alcohol and drugs to manage the symptoms and cope with their severe mental health problems.

Medication is Needed

Untreated schizophrenia will likely result in hospitalization, incarceration or other poor outcomes including suicide. Medications are necessary to control the symptoms, and there are numerous medications available with different benefits and side effect profiles. Your provider will work closely with you do determine which medication or combination of medications is best for you, and order other tests such as blood work and other studies to ensure your health is monitored and addressed while taking these medications.

Common Symptoms

What Treatment For Schizophrenia Is About

Virtual & In-Person Psychiatric Consultations

Both virtual and in-person visits are available. Click on Locations at the top of the screen to see our clinic locations.

Medication Management

Your provider will discuss medications at your visit and develop a regimen that is right for you.

Ongoing Care

Follow-up appointments will be scheduled to meet your needs and frequency of follow-up appointments will be determined by you and your provider.

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