Schizoaffective disorder occurs when a person experiences a combination of mood disorder symptoms and schizophrenia symptoms. When people suffer from schizoaffective disorder, their symptoms may be severe enough to interfere with their ability to function appropriately every day. They may find it difficult to maintain relationships, to keep a job, or to stay in school. Unfortunately, schizoaffective disorder is still a widely misunderstood and often misdiagnosed mental illness due to the immense difference in how each person experiences the disorder. There is no identified cure for the disorder, but by receiving proper treatment, individuals with schizoaffective disorder can lead happy and productive lives.
At Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry, we recognize how devastating and debilitating the effects of schizoaffective disorder can be on the individual suffering from it, as well as on that person’s family and friends. Our treatment center provides a full continuum of care that can help you learn how to gain control over your symptoms. We are a 90 bed, free-standing behavioral healthcare hospital that offers a safe and secure environment where you can receive the most thorough treatment possible. You do not have to continue suffering from the effects of schizoaffective disorder. You can get the help you need and deserve at Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If you have a family member or loved one who you believe is suffering from schizoaffective disorder, you might feel unsure as to what you can do to help him or her. You may also feel unsure as to whether or not the behaviors that you have witnessed are true symptoms of a disorder as severe as schizoaffective disorder. Some warning signs that might appear if a person has schizoaffective disorder may include:
- Disorganized speech or the absence of speech entirely
- Disorganized and catatonic behaviors
- Impaired social and occupational functioning
- Lacking emotional expression
- Social isolation
- No longer interested in things he or she used to be interested in
If these symptoms ring true to what you have been witnessing in your loved one, it is time to talk to him or her about the idea of seeking help. With proper treatment, your loved one can overcome the devastating impact of schizoaffective disorder and go on to live a healthy and meaningful life.
Why Consider Inpatient Treatment at Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry
If you are suffering from schizoaffective disorder, you might feel as though you have completely lost control over seemingly all aspects of your life. Your feelings of hopelessness and helplessness may be so strong that you cannot imagine finding a way to get rid of them. But you can get rid of them. Through thorough, comprehensive treatment and the implementation of certain medications, you can learn tools and coping skills that can help you overcome the symptoms that result from schizoaffective disorder.
Inpatient treatment programs have proven to be extremely successful in helping people learn how to successfully manage their symptoms. By taking part in an inpatient program, you are able to step away from the routine of your daily life and are given the opportunity to focus solely on becoming well. Through a variety of different therapeutic approaches, behavior modifications, and medication management, an inpatient program can help you start living the life that you deserve to live.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry, our philosophy is based on an understanding of the fact that all of our patients have an extensive history of life experiences that have aided in making them the unique individuals that they are. We know that the problems that they are struggling with when they come to our treatment center are only a small part of who they are and who they will become. Our goal for everyone who walks through our doors is to find hope and a renewed sense of contentment and healing in a safe and confidential environment.
Types of Treatment Offered at Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry
When you first arrive at our hospital, you will participate in a comprehensive evaluation that will help us determine the best route to take in developing your individualized treatment plan. All of our programs here at Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry focus on the implementation of an interdisciplinary approach. Our highly qualified staff consists of a psychiatrist, social workers, therapists, nurses, nurse practitioners, mental health associates, recreation therapists, art therapists, and dieticians. All of our staff is dedicated to providing compassionate and confidential care for all of our patients while working to meet the unique needs presented by each patient. Some of the treatment methods that are incorporated into our levels of care include:
Medication management: Psychotropic medications can be an extremely instrumental part of successfully treating the symptoms of schizoaffective disorder. While participating in our inpatient program, all medications are monitored by a primary care physician in order to ensure their therapeutic effectiveness and to make any changes that are needed.
Individual therapy is meant to be a time for patients to meet privately with their therapist so that they can address the specific aspects of their treatment plans that are unique to them, as well as discuss any concerns or problems that they may be facing while being in treatment.
Group therapy is held on a daily basis. Group sessions are designed to provide patients with time that they can spend together so that they can share their experiences and explore different ways of coping with the struggles that they are facing. This can also be very beneficial in helping patients realize that they are not alone in their suffering.
Family therapy is a time designated to helping patients and their loved ones learn to communicate in a positive manner while also repairing aspects of relationships that may have been negatively affected during the time that the patient spent struggling with the symptoms of schizoaffective disorder. This is also a time for family members to become fully educated on what schizoaffective disorder is and how they can best support their loved one.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
At Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry, we understand that leaving an inpatient program can be an intimidating process for our patients as they face the challenge of returning to life outside of the hospital. In order to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible during the discharge process, your treatment team will work closely with you in deciding what the next step in your recovery should be. Some patients will benefit from entering into a partial hospitalization program or an intensive outpatient program. These programs are designed to help patients slowly integrate back into their community while still having the comfort of spending most of their day in a treatment program. Other patients, however, may be at a point where they are ready to return home. Our case management team will work with these individuals in finding any outside resources that may be beneficial as they continue their recovery process.