Schizophrenia is a type of mental health disorder that can cause individuals to experience a variety of distressing symptoms, including hallucinations and delusions, disorganized or catatonic behavior, incoherent speech, diminished emotional expression, and significantly decreased motivation to engage in purposeful activities. People who develop schizophrenia may experience profound difficulties with tasks such as thinking clearly and/or differentiating between reality and delusions or hallucinations. Individuals who are living with schizophrenia will experience significantly diminished functioning in at least one and possibly several areas of their lives. This diminished functioning may impact a person’s abilities in areas including but not limited to working, taking care of him- or herself, participating in interpersonal relationships, and understanding and interacting with his or her environment.
At Westend Hospital, we understand the devastating impact that schizophrenia can have on a person’s life, and we a proud to provide solutions. At Westend Hospital, talented and experienced professionals implement specialized programming and that can significantly improve the quality of life for men and women who have been struggling with schizophrenia.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If someone you care about is suffering from schizophrenia, then you know how confusing, frustrating, and, at times, overwhelming this experience can be. But you may not realize that you can play an important role in helping your loved one get the professional care that can significantly improve his or her quality of life. Please consider the following:
First, you need to get the facts about schizophrenia. Your personal observations of your loved one’s behavior can be invaluable, but you need a more comprehensive understanding of this disorder. Reputable websites, your local library, and area mental health services organizations can be excellent sources for educating yourself about schizophrenia and researching the types of treatments that have helped others whose struggles were similar to what your loved one is experiencing.
Consulting with experts either online or in person can also help you learn how best to support your loved one and encourage him or her to get the professional help that he or she needs. This is another area where your relationship with and understanding of your loved one will be invaluable. Your familiarity with the degree to which your loved one’s ability to perceive reality and interact with others has been affected by his or her schizophrenia will play an important role in determining the best strategy for getting him or her into treatment.
If possible, enlist other friends or family members in the effort to support your loved one. This will expand your abilities to make progress while also removing the pressure that can come from being solely responsible. It is important to ensure that you are not neglecting your own physical, psychological, and spiritual wellbeing. You cannot be a source of consistent and reliable support if you are not tending to your own needs as well.
Remember that agreeing to get treatment for schizophrenia is just one step in the long process of recovery. Prepare to be an active positive presence in your loved one’s life before, during, and after he or she receiving treatment.
Why Consider Treatment at Westend Hospital
Untreated schizophrenia can introduce myriad problems and difficulties into a person’s life. The harsh truth is that individuals who have schizophrenia have a reduced life expectancy. This devastating disorder can make it virtually impossible for an individual to complete his or her education, find and keep a job, live independently, form and maintain healthy interpersonal relationships, and otherwise participate in a satisfying and productive life. Untreated schizophrenia can also cause a person to experience sleep disturbances, memory problems, depression, anxiety, phobias, and slowed cognitive processing. Schizophrenia can also increase a person’s risk for abusing alcohol and other drugs. The risks and damage of schizophrenia may be significantly reduced by getting proper professional treatment. At Westend Hospital, experienced and compassionate treatment professionals can provide life-changing care to men and women who have been struggling with schizophrenia.
Types of Treatment Offered at Westend Hospital
At Westend Hospital, we are proud to provide life-changing treatment to adults who are struggling with a range of mental health disorders, including but not limited to schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and depression.
When a man or women enters Westend Hospital, he or she can expect to receive world-class clinical services, to be provided with an individualized treatment plan that has been designed specifically to meet his or her unique needs, and to be treated with the utmost dignity and respect. Throughout an individual’s time at Westend Hospital, he or she will work closely with talented and compassionate professionals who will be focused on monitoring his or her progress and offering the personalized care that will ease the symptoms of schizophrenia and improve his or her quality of life.
While an individual is receiving care for schizophrenia at Westend Hospital, the following elements may be incorporated into her his or her treatment plan:
Medication management: The symptoms of certain mental health disorders respond well to treatment with prescription medications. If a client is experiencing a disorder or disorders that may be treated with such medications, he or she can receive effective and responsive medication management services while being treated at Westend Hospital. Services provided to medication management clients include three weekly meetings with a psychiatrist as well as round-the-clock nursing supervision and care.
Individual therapy: One-on-one sessions between a client and his or her therapist can provide invaluable opportunities for individuals to process successes and setbacks, discuss issues related to the treatment of schizophrenia, and address matters that the client may be unwilling to bring up during group therapy sessions. At Westend, individual therapy sessions are conducted on an as-needed basis based upon the preferences of each client and the determinations of his or her treatment team.
Group therapy: Group therapy is a foundational element of treatment at Westend Hospital. During group therapy sessions, clients who have been struggling with schizophrenia have the opportunity to share their thoughts and insights, learn from the experiences of others, and practice healthy interpersonal communication skills, all under the guidance and supervision of experienced professionals. At Westend Hospital, group therapy sessions may be led by a nurse, social worker, or activity therapist. Groups are held on a daily basis. While the specific content of any group will be influenced by the contributions of group members, the following are among the general topics that may be addressed:
- Anger management
- Coping skills
- Grief therapy
- Medication compliance and management
- Relapse prevention
- Stress management
Activity therapy: Clients who are being treated for schizophrenia at Westend Hospital also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activity therapy sessions. Activity therapy features several innovative and interactive techniques that can help individuals to manage their symptoms. Activity therapy also offers customized instruction in how to make the healthiest and most productive use of a client’s leisure time, and provides clients with new skills that they can develop and enjoy long after they have returned home.
Family therapy: At Westend Hospital, we are keenly aware of the impact that a client’s struggles with schizophrenia can have on loved ones, and we also understand the essential role that family members can play in a client’s continued progress during and after he or she is in treatment with us. For these reasons, we are proud to provide family therapy sessions on an as-needed basis. Conducted by an experienced social worker, family therapy sessions allow loved ones to address personal concerns, strengthen familial bonds, and learn how best to support the client’s continued healing after he or she has returned home.
The goal of Westend Hospital is to provide clients who have been struggling with schizophrenia with the assessments, treatment, and continuing support that they need, based upon their unique strengths, needs, and goals. To learn more about our programming, please contact us at your convenience. We look forward to answering all of your questions and helping you determine if Westend Hospital is the perfect place for you or someone you care about.