Schizophrenia is a severe mental illness that makes it hard for those suffering from this disorder to be able to tell the difference between what is real and what is not. This mental illness makes it extremely difficult for these individuals to think clearly, have standard emotional responses to situations, and to be able to act normally in social settings. This disorder can cause significant impairments in the daily lives of those struggling with the breakdown within their ability to think properly.
At Vantage Point, we have years of experience helping individuals of all ages who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia learn how to manage their symptoms and cope with the psychotic symptoms so that they are able to lead a happy life. Our wonderful staff can teach you how to rebuild your life as you learn more about your disorder and the disruptions it is causing in your life. We can work together; we can get past this difficult time.
How to Help a Loved One or Family Member Seek Treatment
If your loved one has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, you are likely struggling as you see the negative impact it is having on their lives. Some of the symptoms may become so severe that they may not be able to care for themselves and require additional help and support. This love and support can be tremendously helpful, but you may also recognize that your loved one needs additional help. Here are some things to keep in mind when supporting your loved one:
Learn all you can: Take the time to learn about schizophrenia so that you understand what this disorder entails and what your loved one is going through. Learning about this disorder can also help you learn some of the limitations your loved one will be facing and to develop appropriate expectations for treatment outcomes.
Seek support: You don’t need to go through this alone. The emotions that you are most likely facing combined with the sometimes-overwhelming responsibility of caring for your loved one can be difficult. This is why it is important for you to get support for yourself. Join a support group for loved ones of those with mental illness and find a therapist who can help you process your feelings and refer you to additional community resources.
Research treatment: In some cases your loved one will need inpatient treatment to help them get their symptoms under control and make sure their medication is working properly. Take the time to find a treatment center that works best with your loved one’s needs. Make an appointment with the center to tour the campus and bring along your loved one to assuage any fears and anxieties about inpatient treatment.
Why Seek Treatment at Vantage Point
If you have schizophrenia the symptoms you experience are most likely causing a number of difficulties in your life. Some of the severe symptoms may have left you unable to hold down a job or adequately perform at school. You may have difficulties within your interpersonal relationships as you have had to constantly rely on them to help you get through the tasks of daily life. Seeking help from an inpatient treatment center for schizophrenia is one of the most positive steps you can take in your recovery journey.
An inpatient program is a great way to step away from the stress of daily life and place all of your attention on getting better. A treatment program will provide you with a multidisciplinary team that works with you to create a plan of care based upon your individual needs that will help you learn how to effectively cope with your presenting symptoms. In addition to being able to participate in number of therapeutic methods, you will also get help with medication management and will be able to include your loved ones in the process as well.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Vantage Point we understand that treatment for schizophrenia can be a tremendously challenging process. We are dedicated to providing each one of our clients with confidential care in a caring environment that is designed to promote crisis resolution, positive self-awareness, and personal growth. Our highly qualified staff provides care 24 hours a day to help ensure the safety of each and every individual in our programs. Throughout all of our programs, our main goal is to stabilize patients and get them back to their highest level of functioning so they can return to their community as quickly as possible.
Treatment Options Offered at Vantage Point
Upon arrival at Vantage Point you will first need to complete a comprehensive assessment with one of our professional assessors in order for us to get a clear picture of what you are struggling with. We will take the results of this assessment to create a plan of care for your stay with us that meets your current and ongoing needs. Treatment is under the medical direction and supervision of our psychiatrists and administered by our wonderful nurses, social workers, therapists, recreational specialists, special education teachers, and other mental health professionals. Some of the therapeutic methods we use to treat schizophrenia include:
Medication is often used in the management of schizophrenia, but the medication you use will depend upon each individuals particular symptoms. Common medications used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia may include a combination of antidepressants, antipsychotic agents, and mood stabilizers. The usage and monitoring of medication will be based upon the treatment team’s findings.
Individual therapy can help you best come to terms with the limitations of your disorder and determine new ways you can help manage your symptoms. Additionally, you will be able to work directly with your therapist to process some of the emotions you are facing.
Group therapy can be very helpful for people with schizophrenia as it provides you with an opportunity to come together with others who are struggling with similar problems. Groups may include topics such as skills-training, medication management, management of hallucinations, and any triggers you may have for relapse.
Family therapy is vital for people who have schizophrenia, especially if the disorder has made living alone an impossibility. Family therapy will allow your loved ones to learn more about this disorder, teach loved ones ways to spot a relapse, and educate your loved ones about the importance of medication and regular follow-ups.
As we focus our energies upon healing the whole person, we offer a number of experiential treatment methods designed to complement our traditional therapeutic approaches. These may include:
- School-based programming (for children and adolescents)
- Expressive therapy
- Recreational activities
Continuing Care and Levels of Care
As your time with us draws to a close, you’ll work closely with your loved ones and our discharge planner to determine the next best steps for you and your family. Some clients feel they’d like more time to work through their challenges and opt to join a residential program. Others may discharge to an intense outpatient program such as an intensive outpatient program (IOP) or partial hospitalization program (PHP), both of which allow for therapy during the day and a slow reintegration back into the home in the evenings and on weekends. Still, others may feel they’ve made enough progress that they’re ready to return home with referrals to our traditional outpatient therapy program and community resources.