Some of the most heavily stigmatized mental health conditions are psychotic disorders. These disorders include schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, schizophreniform disorder, delusional disorders, brief psychotic disorder, substance-induced psychotic disorder, and psychotic disorders due to a medical condition.
If you or a loved one is experiencing psychosis in any form, you’re not alone. New Directions Mental Health’s caring and compassionate team is here to help. Just call 724.374.7414 to find a clinic near you and to learn more about how we treat psychosis and schizophrenia in southwestern Pennsylvania.
What Is Psychosis?
Those who are struggling with the symptoms of psychosis experience distortions in how they see the world, which can include hallucinations or hearing voices. These distortions can impact their emotions, language, behavior, and sense of personal identity. However, the symptoms of psychosis and schizophrenia are treatable.
Signs and Symptoms of Psychotic Disorders
There are cognitive, emotional, and behavioral symptoms that are associated with psychotic disorders. Those who are experiencing psychosis may present with symptoms like:
- Disorganized behavior
- Depressed mood
- Poor hygiene
- Poor memory
- Catatonic episodes
- Irritability or paranoia
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to reach out for help as soon as possible.
How Does Schizophrenia Treatment Work?
Treatment can involve:
Certain kinds of medications can be used to relieve the symptoms associated with psychotic disorders, such as mood stabilizers and antipsychotics. Utlimately, the goal of medication is to help people return to their daily activities.
Both group and individual therapy sessions can support those with psychotic symptoms as they build healthy coping skills, improve their social skills, and find ways to control relapses.
Family and community
The support of loved ones and the community can make a difference in overall well-being, especially for those with psychotic symptoms. Some community programs offer group or occupational support.
While psychotic disorders can be overwhelming, treatment can help. It’s possible to manage symptoms and lead a productive, fulfilling life.
Find Psychosis and Schizophrenia Treatment in Pennsylvania at New Directions Mental Health
Ready to find treatment that can change your life? Call New Directions Mental Health at 724.374.7414 to learn how our caring and compassionate care providers in Pennsylvania can help.