Schizophrenia treatment at Nightingale Hospital

Schizophrenia is a mental illness that affects about 1 in every 100 people. 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. The earlier you get schizophrenia treatment, the better the outlook.

There are different causes of schizophrenia, including genetics and environment.

Symptoms of schizophrenia

  • Hallucinations – seeing or hearing things that may not be there (hearing voices, either negative or disturbing, or in a different language to your own)
  • A lack of motivation and a general feeling of being withdrawn
  • Delusions (such as being chased, plotted against, your thoughts are being broadcasted)
  • Disorganisation
  • Poor hygiene and grooming
  • Slow movement
  • Low sex drive

Treatment for schizophrenia at Nightingale Hospital

Our approach to treating schizophrenia at Nightingale Hospital London combines individualised treatment programmes with treatments based on current clinical evidence. You may attend as an outpatient, day patient or inpatient.

Schizophrenia may be treated through a combination of the following:

  • Talking therapies

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

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.

  • Alternative treatment

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

Helping someone who has schizophrenia

It can be hard to understand what is happening. The person you know starts to behave differently, avoids other people and becomes less active. A person with schizophrenia can be more sensitive to stress, so you can help by avoiding arguments and keeping calm.

If you are caring for your relative, you should be able to get information from healthcare professionals. They can advise on psychological treatments, drugs and side-effects, and can suggest things to improve recovery.

 

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