Schizophrenia Spectrum & Other Psychotic Disorders
People pursue counseling and therapy for a variety of reasons at Morgan Health Centers,
our services cover a wide spectrum of issues and conditions, from minor to complex, both recently developed and long-standing.
Schizophrenia is a chronic psychiatric condition that affects a person’s thinking, feeling, and behavior. It is a complex, long-term condition that affects about one percent of people in the United States.
Diagnostic criteria specify that two or more symptoms of schizophrenia must be present for a period of at least one month.
One symptom must be one of the following:
- Delusions: beliefs that conflict with reality
- Hallucinations: seeing or hearing things that aren’t really there
- Disorganized speech: words do not follow the rules of language and may be impossible to understand
The second symptom may be one of the following:
- Grossly disorganized or catatonic behavior
- Confused thinking
- Bizarre behavior or movements
Negative symptoms – the inability to initiate plans, speak, express emotions, or feel pleasure.
Diagnosis also requires significant impairments in social or occupational functioning for a period of at least six months. The onset of schizophrenia is usually in the late teens or early 20s, with men usually showing symptoms earlier than women. Earlier signs of the condition that may occur before diagnosis include poor motivation, difficult relationships, and poor school performance.
The National Institute of Mental Health suggests that multiple factors may play a role in causing schizophrenia including genetics, brain chemistry, environmental factors, and substance use.
While there is no cure for schizophrenia, there are treatments available that make it possible to manage the symptoms of the condition. Treatments usually incorporate antipsychotic medications, psychotherapy, self-management, education, and social support.
Evaluations for Schizophrenia Spectrum & Other Psychotic Disorders
Morgan Health Centers offers comprehensive evaluation of neurodevelopmental disorders, including Bipolar & Related disorder evaluations for children, adolescents/teens and adults.
Recommendations are individualized and inform treatment planning. Assessment involves a clinical interview and cognitive and personality/emotional testing and results in a comprehensive report that meets industry standards for test measures, diagnosis, and academic accommodations.