Treatment for schizophrenia

Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders lead a sufferer to lose touch with reality and to have abnormal perceptions, including delusions and hallucinations. 

Psychotic disorders include schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, delusional disorder, thought disorder, and substance-induced psychotic disorder. Trauma, drugs, and genetics can trigger psychotic episodes. Psychosis can also be experienced during the manic phase of bipolar disorder. 

Our hospital facilities in Ashfield and Kogarah offer two types of treatment programs that are designed to treat schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders:

  1. inpatient care
  2. day programs.

Inpatient care involves staying in the hospital for a period of time to receive focused 24-hour care. This may be the best treatment for you if you are experiencing heightened fear and abnormal perceptions, for example. The different forms of psychotic disorder require different treatments, most commonly combining medication and psychological therapies.

If you wish to participate in a day program, you will first be assessed for suitability. 

Additional resources
Below are some books that may be useful for further research into Schizophrenia and psychotic disorders:

  • Recovered, Not Cured: A Journey Through Schizophrenia (Richard McLean, Allen & Unwin, 2005)
  • Surviving Schizophrenia: A Manual for Families, Patients, and Providers (E Fuller Torrey, Harper Paperbacks, 2006)

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