Schizophrenia is a chronic mental health disorder that alters a person’s sense of reality. Without proper treatment, schizophrenia may affect every aspect of a person’s life. At Mental Health Counseling and Wellness Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, Martin Binyange, DNP, PMHNP-BC, MPH, and the team provide comprehensive and compassionate care for people with schizophrenia. To get help for yourself or your loved one, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Schizophrenia is a serious mental health disorder that affects a person’s thinking, perception, emotions, and social interactions. People with schizophrenia experience symptoms that make it look like they’ve lost touch with reality.
Researchers theorize that schizophrenia may develop from a combination of factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, and environment. Though the exact cause is still under investigation, you may be at greater risk of developing schizophrenia if it runs in your family.
Pregnancy and birth complications may also alter brain development that increases the risk of this chronic mental health condition.
Symptoms of schizophrenia vary but usually fall into three distinct categories:
Psychotic symptoms of schizophrenia include altered thinking and perception and odd behavior. Hallucinations and delusions are types of psychotic symptoms.
Loss of motivation, disinterest, and lack of joy are some of the negative symptoms of schizophrenia. People with schizophrenia tend to have a “flat affect,” which means they may not show an emotional response through facial expressions or tone of voice.
Cognitive symptoms affect concentration, attention, and memory. People with schizophrenia may have a hard time processing information to make a decision.
The team at Mental Health Counseling and Wellness Center conducts a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation to diagnose schizophrenia. In most cases, the evaluation focuses on ruling out other mental health conditions to confirm a schizophrenia diagnosis.
During the evaluation, your provider conducts a physical exam and runs diagnostic tests, such as blood work, CT scan, or MRI. They also ask questions about your mental well-being, feelings, and behaviors. The team may also need to talk to your family to fully understand what’s going on.
Most people with schizophrenia receive a diagnosis in their late teens or early adult years.
When it comes to the treatment of schizophrenia, the team at Mental Health Counseling and Wellness Center believes in the importance of developing a strong patient-provider relationship. This relationship helps build trust that leads to better overall care.
Treatment for schizophrenia may include:
Most people with schizophrenia require daily living support. The team at Mental Health Counseling and Wellness Center works with you, your family, and other supportive services to make sure you get the care you need.
Call Mental Health Counseling and Wellness Center, or book an appointment online to schedule an appointment with the compassionate team.