Schizophrenia is a long-term illness that will continue to impact an individual’s perceptions, emotions, and behavior throughout their life. The experienced physicians at Psychiatric Wellness Center offer accurate diagnosis and comprehensive treatment for patients with this complicated mental illness. Patients in Bakersfield, California, can make an appointment by contacting Psychiatric Wellness Center.
Schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder that causes patients to perceive the world abnormally. This disorder is often lifelong and can be dangerous, both for the patient and those around them.
The exact cause of schizophrenia isn’t clear, but it may be a combination of genetics, environmental factors, and brain chemistry. Studies have shown that patients with schizophrenia have central nervous system and brain structure differences that may contribute to their disorder. Imbalances in certain brain chemicals, including glutamate and dopamine, may also play a role in the development of schizophrenia.
Some of the most common symptoms of schizophrenia include:
The symptoms may vary based on the age of the patient, the severity of the disorder, and other factors.
The doctors at Psychiatric Wellness Center may suspect schizophrenia based on a patient’s obvious symptoms and/or descriptions of the patient’s symptoms. However, to confirm the diagnosis, the doctor will perform a thorough psychiatric evaluation. If the patient meets the criteria described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, they will be diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Most people with schizophrenia will need at least one medication to control their symptoms, and many patients will need multiple prescriptions. The doctors at Psychiatric Wellness Center will work closely with the patient to find a combination of medications that works effectively.
In addition to taking medication, patients with schizophrenia may also benefit from individual therapy, family therapy, social skills training, and vocational training. Patients experiencing severe symptoms because of schizophrenia may need to be hospitalized, either temporarily or permanently. Family members and caretakers of patients with this disorder should be vigilant and report any significant behavioral changes or symptoms they notice so that the patient can get the treatment they need.
At Psychiatric Wellness Center, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. At Psychiatric Wellness Center we are currently accepting Medicare insurances. At Psychiatric Wellness Center, we are currently accepting private insurances or self-pay. Please contact one of our offices (661-323-6410 or 661-431-1555) if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
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