Schizo-Affective & Schizophrenia Spectrum
Working through daily responsibilities with schizoaffective and/or schizophrenia spectrum disorders can be extremely difficult. Schizo-Affective Disorder combines symptoms of schizophrenia, like hallucinations and delusions, with mood disturbances such as depression or mania. The schizophrenia spectrum is an umbrella term for many related conditions, from Schizophrenia itself to other disorders that share similar features.
How Can Schizophrenia Affect Your Life?
People navigating life with these disorders will likely find it challenging to perceive reality “correctly,” or in the way that neurotypical individuals do. They may suffer from altered thoughts, feelings, and behaviors due to their different perceptions. Common symptoms include hallucinations, delusions, disorganized thinking, and difficulties processing emotions and information. Your daily functioning may be impacted, as many individuals with these disorders struggle with self-care, independence, and communicating appropriately with those around them. However, focused therapy can help tremendously with symptoms.
How Can Therapy Help?
Therapy can help people with these disorders feel safe and understood. This is particularly helpful for those suffering from these disorders, as they often feel isolated in what they are going through. These disorders are highly misunderstood and stigmatized and may cause conflict and distance between family members and friends. Therapy can help you gain a better understanding of the disorder and how to cope with it.
What To Expect in Therapy Sessions
In a therapy session centered on schizoaffective disorders and/or the schizophrenia spectrum, we will focus on many strategies and goals. You can expect to learn coping strategies for symptom management to help you navigate life while dealing with symptoms like hallucinations or delusions. We can discuss the possibility of getting you set up to work with a psychiatrist or medical professional to find the most effective medication regimen to control symptoms if desired. We will also work together and focus on enhancing your functioning and providing emotional support, significantly improving your self-esteem and overall well-being.
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