What is it?
Schizophrenia and psychosis are serious mental health conditions that can significantly impact an individual’s perception of reality, emotions and behaviour. Schizophrenia is a chronic mental disorder that affects an individual’s ability to think, feel and behave appropriately. Symptoms of schizophrenia can include delusions, hallucinations, disorganized thinking and speech and social withdrawal. Psychosis, on the other hand, is a symptom of several mental health disorders, including schizophrenia, and is characterized by a loss of touch with reality, including hallucinations and delusions.
The approaches for psychosis and schizophrenia treatment can vary depending on the severity of symptoms and the individual’s unique needs. Some common treatments include:
Schizophrenia and Psychosis Treatment
Medications: Antipsychotics can help reduce symptoms of psychosis and schizophrenia, including delusions, hallucinations and disorganized thinking. Other medications may also be useful.
Psychotherapy such as cognitive-behavioural therapy, can help individuals with schizophrenia and psychosis learn coping skills, improve social functioning, and manage symptoms.
Hospitalization: In severe cases, hospitalization may be necessary to manage acute symptoms, ensure medication compliance, and provide a supportive environment for individuals with schizophrenia and psychosis.
Supportive services: Community-based services, such as case management, vocational rehabilitation education and social skills training, can be beneficial in helping individuals with schizophrenia and psychosis regain independence.
If you believe you may have schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder or any other psychotic, we suggest you schedule a consultation with one of our psychiatrists.
If you are under 18 years of age or are a parent to a child who you believe has one of these conditions you should schedule the consultation with our child psychiatrist. In all cases, it does not mean you will have to commit to treatment, either through medication or another form of therapy.
The clinician will listen to your problems, make a diagnosis, and suggest the most suitable treatment options for you to choose. If you are scheduling for a relative please ensure that they are aware of the appointment.
We recognize that this is not always possible. You can schedule a meeting to seek advice regarding the care of a relative but the booking should be made in your name. For further advice contact our coordinator on email@example.com or call 800-Valens.