- Do you find it difficult to communicate with others?
- Do you find it difficult to understand others?
- Do you feel isolated and disconnected from people?
- Do you have a feeling the world is against you?
What Are Schizophrenia And Psychosis?
Psychosis is present in patients with Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder. Simply put, psychosis is a thought disorder in which the brain does not work as it should. The structure, organization, and cognitive functioning of the brain is impaired. Thinking, behavior, and language may be scattered, illogical, bizarre or even delusional. It is believed that 3.5% of the population experiences psychosis. Persons with psychosis often possess an alternate and unique reality.
Do I Have Schizophrenia, Or Does My Loved One Have It?
Can you tell someone has schizophrenia-caused psychosis by looking at them? Probably not. People with psychosis are really not that different than people without psychosis. Since untreated psychosis can impact social interaction and relationships, however, many people with psychosis tend to be disconnected from others. They may appear shy and withdrawn, and they often struggle to communicate their thoughts and feelings as effectively as they would like.
Despite having different cognitive functioning, people with psychosis have the same passions, hopes, dreams, and desires to love and connect with others as anyone else. Noted people with psychosis include Vincent van Gogh, the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, Nobel Prize-winning mathematician John Nash, novelist and poet John Kerouac, Saturday Night Live’s Darrell Hammond, Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett, the actress Veronica Lake, and even Former First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln.
What Causes Schizophrenia and Psychosis?
There is no single factor that determines if someone will develop psychosis. Biological (physical health, genetic vulnerabilities), psychological (resiliency, temperament, and coping skills), and social (environment and family background) are all factors that contribute to someone developing psychosis. Substance abuse and trauma can be strong contributing factors to the onset and severity of psychosis.
There are several different treatments for schizophrenia-related psychosis. Since the causes of psychosis are not singular in origin, it stands to reason that there are various treatment methods. Medication is a highly utilized treatment option, but treatment for schizophrenia without medication is also possible. Talk therapy for schizophrenia—typically obtained via a psychotherapist, life coach, or counselor—can be effective for some people. Regardless of whether medication is used, a key component to a person’s treatment is to develop and maintain social support. Often, when a person is treating their psychosis, they will combine different treatments for increased effectiveness.
When Does Psychosis Develop?
The development of psychosis (also known as “first break”) occurs in late adolescence or early adulthood, generally around ages 18-25. Commonly a person is born with a vulnerability toward developing psychosis, which is often triggered by trauma, severe stress, or a major life transition. Emerging adults susceptible to psychosis often have their first break when they move away from home to live on their own, enter the workforce, or attend college.
Many people do not seek therapy for schizophrenia until their lives have come to a point of crisis. Getting help early can lead to better outcomes. There is no shame in seeking professional help if you are struggling with psychosis. Symptoms of psychosis are often difficult to recognize and understand and early intervention for psychosis treatment is critical for successful recovery. Early intervention and therapy for schizophrenia can help you break down the barriers that are keeping you from achieving what you want out of life.
I’m Afraid to Tell Anyone I Have Schizophrenia
Stigma and discrimination against people with psychosis is real. Having schizophrenia is your personal business and you should not feel obligated to share this information. Having psychosis does not mean you have to be alone in a world where you feel invalidated or misunderstood. One of the advantages of seeing a therapist for schizophrenia treatment is the creation of a safe, comfortable place to explore these thoughts and challenges.
What Are The Benefits Of Schizophrenia Treatment?
Effective engagement with a therapist can lead to improved relationships, better coping with distressing symptoms, improved goal-setting, the successful navigation of difficult life transitions, improved relationships, and increase self-esteem. Schizophrenia treatment can be a bridge to a world where your unique inner experiences are accepted, respected, validated, and understood.
How Does HJK Therapy Work with People with Schizophrenia?
Understanding the speech of some people with psychosis can be almost like learning a new language. If you or someone you love has schizophrenia-induced psychosis, we can understand you. We have extensive clinical experience working with and treating people with a diverse range of psychoses.
We speak your language. We will be able to connect with you in a therapeutic partnership where you will feel validated and understood. Together we will identify your goals and what is important to you. We will work with other mental health professionals and assist you in life planning, reality testing, symptom management and developing coping strategies that will allow you to connect to and communicate with others in meaningful and effective ways.
We Understand and We Can Help
The professional licensed therapists at HJK Therapy Services are experts in first break episodes and the early detection of psychosis and schizophrenia. We have years of experience in schizophrenia treatment, schizoaffective treatment, and mood disorders. We are uniquely qualified to understand your symptoms and collaborate with you and your team of health care professionals in developing a treatment plan that feels right for you.
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