Schizophrenia Treatment Center
Orange County Residential Treatment for Schizophrenia
COMPASSIONATE CARE FOR SCHIZOPHRENIA
Schizophrenia is a severe mental health disorder that distorts a person’s sense of reality. It affects a person’s ability to regulate emotions, make decisions, and coherently discuss their needs and feelings. Schizophrenia can also disrupt a person’s daily life, affecting their ability to bathe, maintain dental hygiene, sleep, and eat properly. Without treatment, Schizophrenia can erode away a person’s social and professional life.
The symptoms of Schizophrenia cause a person to isolate and withdraw into themselves. This, coupled with the fragmentation of their speech and thought patterns makes it difficult to support someone in the throes of untreated Schizophrenia. People with Schizophrenia can be easily agitated, and their thoughts are often disconnected. They often have difficulty listening to others because of the high levels of internal stimuli flooding through their minds. People with Schizophrenia suffer from hallucinations and delusions that undermine their sense of reality. In this state, they often become alienated from their friends and family members. Not only does the person suffering from Schizophrenia become increasingly guarded, but so too do their friends and family members.
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Patients who need 24 hours of compassionate care often lack awareness. It might be difficult for them to seek residential treatment without help from their loved ones. When a person with Schizophrenia hears voices or sees hallucinations, they can respond erratically or in a threatening manner. This can lead them to be involuntarily hospitalized. Often, a psych hold is required for acute stabilization of their symptoms. Once a patient is stabilized, the next step that the patient and their family takes is what makes all the difference. D’Amore Healthcare provides that next step in recovery.
We are an Orange County Schizophrenia treatment center that reduces the need for re-hospitalization in patients with unresolved or worsening symptoms. We pride ourselves on treating patients with human dignity while we cater to the unique needs of individuals suffering from this brain disease. Schizophrenia requires a person-centered, warm, structured approach from licensed, empathetic professionals.
RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT FOR SCHIZOPHRENIA
D’Amore stands out as the best residential mental health treatment provider in Orange County, California. The difference between a facility like D’Amore and a psychiatric hospital is that our psychiatric center provides subacute, or residential, care to patients who voluntary request treatment. Whereas a psychiatric hospital primarily provides an acute level of care, also called inpatient hospitalization, for patients who voluntarily or involuntarily require treatment for mental illness.
Any number of events could lead a person to be admitted to D’Amore Healthcare. Some of the most common events are self-injury, a suicide attempt, thoughts of suicide, homelessness, chronic anxiety, generalized anxiety, aggression, or impoverished self-care. A person diagnosed with a thought disorder, like Schizophrenia, could benefit significantly from residential mental health treatment. Under our care, individuals with mental illnesses receive medication management, positive reinforcement, the structure of circadian rhythms, and learn boundaries. The expert staff at our mental health center provide psychotherapy and education to help these individuals learn to live with their illnesses.
There is hope for anyone who will follow our evidence-based program. Treating individuals up to 6 months in our mental health centers prepares the patient for meaningful relationships, independence, relapse prevention, and self-respect.
Time and experience may reveal a diagnosis of Schizophrenia to a psychiatrist once the patient is in an around-the-clock care setting. Patients at our Orange County mental health facility will receive psychiatric care 24 hours a day, seven days per week from a team of compassionate, informed professionals. Our team can make sense of the symptoms that do not make sense to you or your family.
Our nurses and doctors are able to detect baseline behavior, cognitive or insight impairment, preferences, needs, slight changes, strengths, mood, and abilities in our patients. In most cases, patients and their family members report episodes of distrust and despair. That’s normal when a person’s positive or negative symptoms point to the spectrum of Schizophrenia. Although they were once thought to be untreatable, the symptoms of Schizophrenia are now highly treatable. Paranoia, delusions, hallucinations, depression, and anxiety can all be treated and significantly improved.
It’s important that you do not internalize the words, memory loss, aggression, or delusions of superiority from your loved one who may have Schizophrenia. It’s ok to rely on the experts when you need to treat any form of Schizophrenia. Your loved one may not understand their diagnosis today. But with the right treatment, there is hope for healing. If an individual commits to lifelong recovery, their damaged relationships can be restored. D’Amore Healthcare promises Gracious Redundancy. We offer education and encouragement, which can create self-respect and respect for others in ways that you may have given up on thus far in your journey with a loved one’s mental illness.
WHAT IS SCHIZOPHRENIA?
Schizophrenia is a mental health disorder marked by psychosis, homelessness, suicide attempt, social withdrawal, flat mood, catatonia, poor hygiene, irrational or inappropriate thoughts, and inappropriate language. Individuals with Schizophrenia suffer from low self-esteem, fatigue, unexplained delusions and hallucinations, and a loss of enjoyment in previously pleasurable activities. Without nutritional, medical, social, and stress management, Schizophrenia will continue to erode an individual’s support system and physical health. Since Schizophrenia is often episodic, a period of remission is the best time to talk to the person about how they feel, what they think, and how you can help. Please remember that self-management during an episode is not possible due to the individual’s distance from reality and relationship.
Although no single gene is responsible for Schizophrenia, psychosocial factors do contribute. Some examples of this include exposure to viruses, malnutrition before birth, and certain drug use (cannabis is a depressant, hallucinogen, and stimulant). Any of these factors can contribute to Schizophrenia, depending on a person’s unique biochemistry. Adjusting to an antipsychotic can be difficult initially, as your psychiatrist learns more and more about your unique biochemistry, ongoing adjustment are often made. With patience and commitment, the lessening of symptoms will create a marked reduction of pain and suffering, as well as an improved outlook.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF SCHIZOPHRENIA
It is important to get a comprehensive medical evaluation in order to obtain the best diagnosis for a mental health condition. For a medical professional to make a diagnosis of Schizophrenia, some of the following symptoms must be present for a least six months. Every person with Schizophrenia is unique, but some of these common symptoms may manifest :
- Persistent sad, or anxious mood
- Reduced speech
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Feelings of guilt
- Feelings of worthlessness
- Loss of interest in hobbies and activities
- Flat gaze
- Feeling restless
- Having trouble sitting still
- Erratic movement
- Loose associations of speech
- Appetite or weight changes
- Thoughts of death or suicide
- Suicide attempts
Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems without a clear physical cause that do not ease – even with treatment – may be depression related.
HELPING A LOVED ONE WITH SCHIZOPHRENIA
Living with a loved one who is diagnosed with Schizophrenia can be challenging. If you have a friend or family member with Schizophrenia, you may be struggling with the illness just as much as they are. When supporting a loved one with a mental health disorder, it is common to feel fearful, guilty, angry, and frustrated. While these feelings are natural, you don’t have to suffer through them. Being unable to heal your loved one can make you feel helpless, but help is out there if you seek it. There are support groups available to help you work through these difficult emotions.
Here are some tips for helping someone with Schizophrenia:
Remain Calm – Remember that your loved one with Schizophrenia is experiencing hallucinations and delusions that seem real. Try to stay calm and explain your perspective. Be respectful, but maintain boundaries.
Offer Options – You might see more positive results if you allow your loved one with Schizophrenia to have some control over the situation. For example, you can offer to let them help pick out their doctor or give them a choice of doctors.
Take Medication as Prescribed – When they are feeling good, people with Schizophrenia often think that they can stop taking their medication. Help your loved one to take their medication regularly.
Be Mindful of Your Limitations – It’s not all on your shoulders. Remember to take care of yourself. Be realistic about the amount of support you can provide. There are professionals and support groups available to you.
Avoid Drugs & Alcohol – Mood Altering substances can worsen the symptoms of Schizophrenia and cause psychosis.