Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia affects thinking, feeling and behaviour. Although the word ‘schizophrenia’ is often associated with violence in the media, this is the exception rather than the rule. Hospital admission is often not needed and many people with schizophrenia live a stable life, work, and have relationships.

Causes of schizophrenia seem to be a combination of different factors including genes, subtle brain damage at birth or viral infections during pregnancy and childhood abuse. Street drugs (ecstasy, LSD, amphetamines and crack) can trigger schizophrenia, particularly in teenagers using cannabis. Stressful events and family tensions can make it worse.

The earlier you get schizophrenia treatment the better the outlook.

Our treatment approach for schizophrenia

Our approach to treating schizophrenia at Nightingale Hospital London combines individualised treatment programmes with treatments based on current clinical evidence. There are two types of treatment available for schizophrenia: talking therapies and antipsychotic medication. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can help you live with your experiences, counselling can help if you need someone to talk to and family therapy can help you and your family cope better and support you with your schizophrenia.

Antipsychotic medication can weaken the delusions and hallucinations caused by schizophrenia and also help you think more clearly. It works best when taken regularly, even when you have felt better for some time.

Schizophrenia treatment tailored to you

Schizophrenia treatments at Nightingale Hospital London can be as an outpatient, day patient or inpatient. We have the expertise to approach the support and treatment we can offer you for your schizophrenia in a personal and flexible way to benefit you the most in your recovery.

Through therapy and alternative approaches such as meditation, relaxation, sleep therapy and physical therapies we aim to give you knowledge and coping skills for dealing with your schizophrenia effectively.

Schizophrenia specialists

Nightingale Hospital London has a number of Consultant Psychiatrists and Therapists that can help you through your Schizophrenia. It is vital you find a schizophrenia specialist that you can trust and work with on your recovery. If you cannot find the information you need on schizophrenia specialists and schizophrenia treatment programmes we would welcome your call so you feel secure in the decisions you make.

Please contact us confidentially on 020 7535 7700, 24 hours a day or enquire online