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There isn't currently a cure for schizophrenia, but many of the symptoms can get better with treatment

Schizophrenia: What is it and how can it be treated?

Classed as a chronic psychiatric disorder, schizophrenia is generally regarded as a warped perception of reality that affects roughly 1% of the population.

Sufferers will typically encounter the illness from the first time during late adolescence or in their early 20’s, but it can also be encountered during professional life.

The nature of the illness makes it difficult to spot, as minor symptoms can often be mistaken for typical young adult behaviour.

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As with most illnesses, spotting the early symptoms can make all the difference.

These include:

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Irritability
  • Poor performance in school
  • Losing interest in friends and family

As the illness develops, more serious symptoms start to emerge.

These include:

  • Delusions – in other words, the belief that something is true in spite of overwhelming contrary evidence
  • Thought disorders – broadly categorised as unusual ways of processing information, sometimes based on delusionary beliefs
  • Social isolation – the strong desire to be alone, often derived from a loss of interest in others
  • Hallucinations – seeing or hearing things that don’t exist in reality

Contrary to popular belief, schizophrenia does not cause someone to have a split personality, nor does it cause violent behaviour.

Schizophrenia treatments

Sadly, there is no magical cure to eliminate schizophrenia for good, however, there are treatments available to make symptoms better, where even some people experience loss of their symptoms altogether.

Acute episodes

If you or someone you love is experiencing severe psychotic symptoms due to an acute schizophrenic episode, then they may need a higher level and more intensive care than usual treatment therapies.

These episodes need to be dealt with by an expert, requiring specialist care and antipsychotic medication.

Where to get help:

For those who feel like all hope is lost, we’re here for you. We’ve helped over 10,000 pages receive the correct treatment they needed to help them commit to long-term recovery and rebuild their lives and families.If you believe that you or someone close to you is exhibiting signs of schizophrenia, it is normal to be concerned or anxious.

Fortunately, there are a wealth of resources that can help.

A good starting point will always be a consultation with a GP, as signs can easily be confused or misinterpreted.

Once you are sure, then consider taking the next step towards treatment.

When treating a phycological disorder, it can be tough to decide on the best option for you or loved one.

The Executive Rehab Guide often recommends Castle Craig Hospital, whose state-of-the-art treatment has helped over 100,000 people on their way to recovery from addiction and phycological unwellness.

With three stunning locations and an acclaimed recovery programme, apply for admission or make an enquiry online here.

Whilst schizophrenia is a serious phycological condition, the variety and effectiveness of treatments, such as those offered by Castle Craig Hospital, allow the overwhelming majority of sufferers to live ordinary and happy lives.

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