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.
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. You may attend as an outpatient, day patient or inpatient.
A number of treatment are available for schizophrenia.
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.
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.
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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