Schizophrenia Treatment for Glen Waverley & Melbourne Patients
What is Schizophrenia?
Schizophrenia disrupts the function of the human mind, causing intense episodes of psychosis including hallucinations and delusions. Psychosis is generally experienced in short periods of intense symptoms, during which the person experiencing psychosis can find it hard to know what is real from what isn’t.
Non-psychotic symptoms can include loss of pleasure, expressionlessness, preoccupation with a subject, muddled speech and/or writing, increased suspiciousness and anger, inappropriate laughing or crying, or inability to laugh or cry.
It is important to know that some symptoms of schizophrenia may resemble other mental illnesses such as bipolar or depression with features of psychosis and may require alternate treatment.
If you think you or someone you know may exhibit these symptoms, it is important to seek help as soon as possible as symptoms worsen over time.
Causes of Schizophrenia
There are several complex causes of schizophrenia, such as early development, substance abuse, genetics, stress and trauma. It generally develops in the period between late teens and early 30s, but can also start later, especially in women.
A schizophrenia diagnosis takes time. While an initial diagnosis might be quick, it also needs to be confirmed by schizophrenic symptoms over a six-month period. While your general practitioner can make an initial assessment, it is a specialist that will provide the full schizophrenia diagnosis and treatment.
Schizophrenia is treatable, but the treatment takes time. Currently, there exists no cure for the illness, but it can be successfully managed and treated. Treatment options are usually combined and include psychological therapy, antipsychotic medication, and community support programs. Treatment can take from 2-5 years or even longer, during which time continuous schizophrenia treatment assessments are made to reduce side effects and improve results.
Getting treatment for Schizophrenia
Mindoc is a patient-centered psychiatry practice based in Glen Waverly. Our experienced mental health practitioners provide treatment for adults with schizophrenia from Chadstone, Melbourne and nearby areas. Want to learn more about our values, philosophy, and dedication to mental health? Contact us today.