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Schizophrenia

What is Schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is basically a psychotic illness, characterised by symptoms such as delusions and hallucinations, but which has no obvious cause – for example no brain injury or infection, no recent severe plunge in mood and no bipolar illness.

In the absence of mood swings or plunges, and organic or brain problem, then any psychotic illness of young to middle age warrants the possibility of schizophrenia. It tends to occur in slightly younger in men – often in late teens and early twenties and is often slightly later in onset in women. There is a fairly strong genetic or hereditary component but in many cases there will be no family history whatsoever. Sometimes it can start suddenly out of the blue or on other occasions there will be gradual change in someone's personality until eventually frank psychotic symptoms erupt.

 How Can I find help for Schizophrenia?

By calling our counselling team on 0203 326 9160 we will recommend one of our clinical team who specialise in Personality Disorders and Schizophrenia.

Treatment will start with an initial assessment, in which you will chat with one of our Clinicians. If you decide that you are comfortable with them and that you can speak with them easily, you will start to work with them on your plan for moving forward with treatment.

Calls to us are completely confidential.

Diagnosing Schizophrenia

It's important to realise that most lay people can spot the possibility of a disorder like schizophrenia when someone has got so ill that they are openly talking to their voices. However, it takes a specialist to spot the very earliest signs where changes can be so subtle that only if you know a person well might you notice them. It's at this stage that early intervention can be really helpful, so the population at large need to be better educated as to the possibility that schizophrenia should be considered when someone starts to act or think a little strangely.

Treatment for Schizophrenia

At whatever stage you catch the disorder we at Clinical Partners believe the prognosis is excellent with the right treatment. Too often the management of this disorder doesn't include enough of a wider consideration of the whole person, rather than just a focus on narrow symptoms. Also too often medication is not handled expertly enough and not adjusted as quickly as possible because appointments are too far apart.

How can we help?

Clinical Partners have a team of Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Psychotherapists who are experienced in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of Schizophrenia and they will be able to offer full support and advice for you and your family.

We also can support you if you feel that you are suffering from related depression or other issues which can be connected including: alcohol and substance abuse.

By calling our Clinical Team on 0203 326 9160 you will be able to talk in confidence about your situation and we can recommend a specialist to assist you.

Contact us now to see how we can help

You don't need a GP referral to see one of our experts.

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