Schizophrenia is a long-term mental health condition that can cause a wide range of psychological symptoms. This condition is often referred to by doctors as a type of psychosis. 

What this means is that the person suffering from Schizophrenia is often unable to tell the difference between their ideas/thoughts and reality.

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

 

The Causes of Schizophrenia 

While the health world is still unsure about the causes of Schizophrenia, it is thought to be caused by a combination of environmental and genetic factors.

Some people are more susceptible to Schizophrenia than others. Drug misuse or a stressful event can trigger the condition. 

 

The Symptoms of Schizophrenia 

The symptoms of schizophrenia include:

  • Delusions – These consist of beliefs that are not based on reality
  • Hallucinations – Seeing, tasting, feeling, smelling or hearing things that don’t exist outside the mind
  • Lack of personal hygiene – Those who suffer from schizophrenia may no longer care about their personal hygiene
  • Muddled/confused thoughts – Thoughts can be based on delusions or hallucinations
  • Wishing to avoid people – Those who suffer from schizophrenia may not want to see anyone, including their friends

 

Treatment of Schizophrenia 

Schizophrenia is typically treated with medication along with therapy. However, not everyone is prescribed the same medication or therapy. Rather, it is tailored to the individual. 

In most cases, Schizophrenia will be treated with a combination of antipsychotic medication and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

If you’re looking for mental health help in Lumby or the surrounding areas, you’ll be pleased to know that there is help available.  Those who are suffering from Schizophrenia will usually be referred to a mental health team who could provide them with treatment and daily support. 

Those who are living with Schizophrenia can completely recover, however, there may be times when their symptoms return. The good news is that treatment and support can help to reduce the impact that this mental health condition has on your day-to-day life.

 

Managing Schizophrenia 

If you can manage your Schizophrenia well, you can help to reduce the likelihood of severe relapses.

You might be able to achieve this by:

  • Learning to recognise the signs of a severe episode
  • Taking your prescribed medication 
  • Talking to others including your therapist and doctor about your experiences 

 

You can find support groups and charities that offer help and advice. Many people find it helpful to talk to others about living with Schizophrenia.

Getting the support and help that you need can mean you’re less likely to experience difficulties day-to-day. 

 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk