You May Be Dealing with Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia is a severe mental health disorder that affects how a person sees, hears, smells and feels. They also have trouble recognizing emotions, relating to others and may seem like they have lost touch with reality. Although schizophrenia is not as common as other mental health disorders, the symptoms can be very disabling and include:
- Delusions and/or hallucinations
- Disorganized thinking
- Loss of interest and motivation
- Social withdrawal
- Unable to express emotion
- Movement disorders (agitated body movements)
Causes and Risk Factors
Mental illness is not your fault.
There is no single cause for mental health disorders; instead, they can be caused by a mixture of biological, psychological and environmental factors. People who have a family history of mental health disorders may be more prone to developing one at some point.
Schizophrenia is a complex, long-term medical illness, affecting about 1% of Americans. Although it can occur at any age, the average age of onset tends to be in the late teens to the early 20s for men, and the late 20s to early 30s for women. There are several factors that contribute to the risk of developing schizophrenia including genes, environment, and different brain chemistry and structure.
If you or a loved one is experiencing a mental health condition like schizophrenia, YOU ARE NOT ALONE! The Center for Health Care Services can help. Our Adult Behavioral Health Division offers the following comprehensive services:
- Psychiatric evaluation and treatment
- Medical follow-ups and management
- Wellness counseling, education and therapy
- Integrated and primary care
- Individual and group therapy
- Psychosocial rehabilitation
- Case management
- Crisis services
- And other services to support each person’s goals for recovery
Early intervention is key to living a meaningful, productive and independent life with schizophrenia.
The CHCS POWER Program serves young adults who have begun experiencing confusion, unusual thoughts, acting in ways that seem difficult for others to understand, hearing or seeing things others don’t, withdrawing from family or friends, or becoming suspicious of other people.
For more information:
For all other programs, or to begin receiving services, please contact our Outpatient Clinic Mental Health Eligibility and Intake number at (210) 261-1250 for adults and (210) 261-3350 for children.
In the event of a mental health crisis, please call the 24-Hour Crisis & Substance Use Helpline at 800-316-9241 or 210-223-SAFE (7233).
Create Your Calm
Alternative Approaches to Mental Health and Wellness
Deep Breathing and Relaxation Techniques:
In general, relaxation techniques involve refocusing your attention to something calming and increasing awareness of your body. To reap the benefits of deep breathing, focus on taking deep breaths in and out through your mouth, feeling the air slowly fill your chest and belly and then slowly leave them again. The hand on the chest should stay still, while the one over your diaphragm should rise with your breath. This is how you know the breath is deep enough. Breathe in for a count of five, and slowly release the breath through your nose at the same rate. Continue deep breathing until you feel relaxed.
Be Open to the Present and Practice Mindfulness:
Mindfulness can help ground you in the reality of what’s around you. Since panic attacks can cause a feeling of detachment or separation from reality, mindfulness works to combat your panic attack before or as it is actually happening. Additional benefits include mental well-being, stress reduction, and increased calmness, clarity and concentration – to name a few.
Reduce Stress by Indulging in Relaxing Activities.
For example, music and art therapy, journaling, reading or taking to a crossword puzzle.
Walking, yoga and stretching creates movement, changes the way we breathe and can provide sensory distraction helping to reduce the amount a person thinks about symptoms. Aerobic exercise can help treat mild depression as it increases endorphins and stimulates norepinephrine – improving a person’s mood.
Mood and Food:
Important nutrients found in food can affect brain chemistry, impact moods and improve memory and cognitive function. By maintaining a healthy, well-balanced diet, and avoiding processed foods, you’re more likely to feel calmer, more content and generally in a better mood. Foods that adversely impact mood include caffeine, alcohol, trans fats, sugary snacks, refined carbs and fried food. Foods that can boost moods include omega-3s, nuts, avocados, flaxseed, beans, leafy greens and fresh fruit.
Additional Alternative Approaches:
Include massage, acupuncture, meditation, faith, aromatherapy or hydrotherapy to create your calm.
Knowledge is Power! Learn more about mental health:
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