If you hear voices or experience delusions or hallucinations, these symptoms could indicate schizophrenia or another mental health condition. At Axial Psychiatric Services in Rockwall, Texas, Ankit Parmar, MD, and the team diagnose and recommend treatments for schizophrenia to help you or a loved one achieve the best quality of life possible. Call the Axial Psychiatric Services office or use the online booking feature today.
Schizophrenia is a mental health disorder that affects your ability to interpret normal things, situations, and behaviors. It can cause you to have delusions, hallucinations, or disordered thinking that impairs your ability to function well in society. Treatment can reduce worrisome, debilitating schizophrenia symptoms.
The common schizophrenia symptoms include:
Schizophrenia can feel crippling, impairing day-to-day tasks and hindering your ability to function well in everyday situations. Depending on the severity of your condition, you may need lifelong schizophrenia treatment. To achieve the best outcome, see your Axial Psychiatric Services provider at the first sign of a mental health disorder.
When left untreated, schizophrenia can diminish your ability to function well in social relationships, keep a job, or stay healthy. It might cause you to abuse drugs or alcohol, be victimized, or struggle financially.
Your risk of developing schizophrenia may increase because of:
However, the exact cause of schizophrenia isn’t clear, and there’s no known way to prevent it. Adopting healthy lifestyle habits is likely the best way to reduce your risk.
Your Axial Psychiatric Services provider can diagnose schizophrenia after completing a physical exam, reviewing your medical history, and completing a psychiatric evaluation.
During the evaluation, they ask you or a loved one a series of questions about thoughts, emotions, and behavior patterns. They may also order genetic tests to find the best medications for your genetic makeup.
The most common treatments for schizophrenia include taking medications and undergoing psychotherapy (talk therapy), which teaches you ways to overcome troublesome symptoms and be a productive member of society. You might participate in social skills training, individual therapy, family therapy, or vocational rehabilitation with supported employment.
Your Axial Psychiatric Services provider helps you manage psychiatric medicines to minimize crippling symptoms and reduce abnormal behavior patterns. They follow up with you to ensure your treatment is effective.
To find out if you or a loved one has schizophrenia or to get treated for this condition, call the Axial Psychiatric Services office or use the online booking feature today.