Schizophrenia is a severe brain disorder that causes people to interpret reality in an odd fashion. This serious disorder can result in a combination of hallucinations, delusions, and disordered thinking and behavior. Individuals with this disorder have a difficult time thinking clearly, logically, and rationally. Additionally, individuals suffering from this disorder may not always be able to differentiate what is real from what is not real. They may hear voices that aren’t really there, they may believe that others can read their minds, or that others have the ability to control their thoughts. These individuals may firmly believe that others are out to get them which causes them to experience constant fear and social isolation.
While there is no cure for this disorder with proper treatment, medication, and support schizophrenia can be managed. At Lakeland’s behavioral health clinic in Missouri, we understand how challenging living with this disorder can be and how much it has already impacted your life. The staff here will work with you to help you learn to manage your symptoms and regain control over your life.
Why You Should Seek Inpatient Care for Schizophrenia at Lakeland
If left untreated, schizophrenia can result in a variety of negative life circumstances. Individuals may find that they cannot hold down a job and are forced to rely on loved ones to support them, which can lead to stressed family relationships. They may be unable to function in society due to their erratic behaviors. They may feel desperate and alone, fearful of what the future may bring. They may even consider suicide as a way of ending their emotional pain.
Life with schizophrenia does not have to be miserable. At Lakeland’s behavioral health clinic, we understand that living with schizophrenia has caused major problems in your life. Our multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals are dedicated to helping individuals just like you recover from your disorder so that you can go on to live a happy life.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
Here at Lakeland Behavioral Health we are dedicated to helping individuals who are struggling with severe psychiatric conditions away from the stressors of everyday life so that they can solely focus on healing. Our caring environment allows you the time to work with our amazing staff, getting you on the right path to recovery. We firmly believe that you are more than your symptoms and we will take the time necessary to get to know you as the unique individual that you are. You and your treatment team will create a treatment plan that is specifically designed with your needs in mind. We understand how frightening it can be to seek inpatient care and we’re incredibly proud to be a part of your treatment team.
Treatment Approaches for Schizophrenia at Lakeland Behavioral Health
When you arrive at Lakeland in Missouri for help with your disorder you will first undergo an in-depth medical and psychiatric evaluation to establish how we can best help you. This information will be used to create a unique plan of care for you.
At Lakeland’s behavioral health clinic through years of experience we have found that the best way to treat schizophrenia is through a combination of medications and therapeutic interventions.
Medication is used to control symptoms such as hallucinations and delusions. Many individuals will be placed on an anti-psychotic medication to reduce the psychotic symptoms they are experiencing. The dose and frequency will be closely monitored to ensure that the medication is having the intended effect. The decision to use medication will be the decision of your treatment team.
Individual therapy will be used to provide one-on-one time with a therapist that is used to address specific personal issues. During this time you can discuss ways in which this disorder has impacted your life and any co-occurring disorders you may be facing.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a therapeutic method used at Lakeland to help target the way you think about your disorder. This type of therapy focuses upon the ways in which you view the world and allows you to work with a therapist to see the world in a more realistic fashion.
Group therapy allows you to spend time with other individuals who are experiencing similar issues. This time will help you grow, learn, and heal together. Groups will be held to educate you about your disorder and the importance of sticking to a treatment plan as well as allow you the opportunity to process emotions about your disorder.
Family is an essential part of the recovery process for individuals who have schizophrenia. Family sessions, are held to help educate your loved ones about your disorder, the treatment process, and what they can do to support you during your treatment. In addition, we will allow your loved ones the chance to share how your disorder has impacted their lives. We’ll also provide your loved ones with connections to available community resources in order to allow for continued healing.
In addition to the standard types of therapy, we include experiential therapies in our treatment plans to add to your recovery. These therapies may include:
- Art therapy
- Pet therapy
- Recreational programs
- Relaxation therapy
- Group outings
Continuing Care – What Happens Next?
When your time with us at Lakeland’s behavioral health clinic in Missouri comes to an end we will work closely with you and your loved ones to develop a discharge plan that meets your continuing care needs. There are a number of different step down programs that have been effective in helping individuals with schizophrenia. Some individuals feel a residential program will best fit their needs for a similarly structured environment to continue their recovery. Others may choose a less intensive program such as a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) or an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). Finally, some individuals may feel that they have made enough progress in our inpatient care center that they may discharge to home. In this case, we’ll provide you with referrals to outpatient treatments and available community resources to allow for your continued recovery.