If you or a loved one shows signs of psychosis, visit your doctor right away for a physical exam and review of your medical history. If physical reasons for the behaviors are ruled out, your doctor will consult with a behavioral health professional. Getting help as soon as symptoms arise is important for children and adults alike. Intervening early can make recovery and symptom relief easier.
Before schizophrenia is diagnosed, doctors need to find out if the symptoms are being caused by substance abuse, medication issues or other medical problems. Diagnosing schizophrenia may include:
If you or a loved one need treatment for psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia, Mercy can help. We provide treatment services, second opinions and options for inpatient and outpatient care. Medication and therapy are common treatments for psychotic disorders.
An important part of outpatient schizophrenia care involves reviewing the symptoms and social concerns caused by the disorder. This information is used to develop a complete treatment plan with outpatient services, including individual and group therapy as well as medication monitoring and management.
Counseling or talk therapy for psychotic disorders may include individual or family sessions and support groups. Most therapy is on an outpatient basis, but in severe cases where safety is a concern, hospitalization may be needed.
Integrative health therapies such as acupuncture, meditation, healing touch, massage and nutrition can also be part of treatment plans. For example, omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil have shown promise for treating and managing schizophrenia.
At Mercy, we believe proper diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions help people with schizophrenia live better lives. Mercy primary care providers and behavioral health professionals work closely together to coordinate care. We provide consultations, second opinions and a variety of options for ongoing treatment of psychotic disorders.
Mercy offers inpatient and outpatient locations for mental health across all communities.