Schizoaffective disorder is a very serious mental illness that affects approximately 1 in every 100 people. This mental illness has features that resemble both schizophrenia (schizo) and symptoms of a serious mood disorder (affective). An individual who has schizoaffective disorder will suffer from psychosis, which includes delusions, hallucinations, and other schizophrenia-like symptoms as well as serious disturbances in mood. Psychotic symptoms make it very difficult for individuals who have schizoaffective disorder to distinguish reality from delusions. This range of mild to severe symptomatology, even from person to person, can make diagnosis and treatment of schizoaffective disorder particularly challenging.
The depressive symptoms of schizoaffective disorder may include feelings of hopelessness, changes in appetite, changes in sleep patterns, inability to concentrate, feelings of worthlessness, depressed mood, and suicidal thoughts. Manic symptoms of schizoaffective disorder may include increases in energy, high levels of distractibility, pressured speech, increased impulsive and risky behaviors, and a marked decreased need for sleep.
Schizoaffective disorder is a chronic, life-long mental illness that leaves virtually no part of an individual’s life untouched. This disorder can impact interpersonal relationships, social interactions, and lead to the inability to properly function in day-to-day life. Most individuals with schizoaffective disorder will have cycles of symptoms, which are called relapses that greatly interfere with their ability to care for themselves. While the outlook for this disorder was once decidedly grim, with newer treatments, schizoaffective disorder can be controlled.
Why Seek Inpatient Care for Schizoaffective at Delta Behavioral Hospital?
If schizoaffective disorder is left untreated, the individual may lead a lonesome life, have challenges holding down a job or attending school. Others may need to live with family or in group homes. Fortunately, the right amounts of treatment can help to manage symptoms and improve the quality of life for individuals who have schizoaffective disorder.
At Delta, we understand the complexity of schizoaffective disorder and we’re ready to help you regain the functioning you need to help manage your symptoms and lead a normal, happy, and productive life. We’ve learned that the best treatments for schizoaffective disorder involve a combination of medication and therapies that are tailored to fit your needs. When you come to us, you’ll be evaluated and work alongside our treatment team in order to create a plan of care for your stay with us that meets all your needs.
Delta is committed to providing comprehensive care for each person who comes to us for help and believes that the integration of our medical hospital and behavioral health clinic will help us help you recover from schizoaffective disorder. When you come to us, you’ll undergo a complete medical and psychological evaluation so that we can form a larger picture of what you are coping with. Above all else, we want to do right by you.
Our Philosophy and Benefits
At Delta Behavioral Health, we work hard to be a beacon of light for our community. We care for adults who are struggling with a range of behavioral health issues and believe that the integration of our medical hospital and behavioral health clinic allows us to meet all of your needs both medical and psychological. We use a holistic approach to make sure that all parts of you – mind, body, and soul are treated. Our dedicated team of medical and behavioral healthcare professionals will focus on helping you learn more about your condition and how to control your symptoms.
Treatment Approaches for Schizoaffective at Delta
At Delta, we’ve learned that the best treatments for schizoaffective disorder involve a combination of medication management and various therapeutic modalities. We use the results of your thorough medical and psychological examinations in order to create a treatment plan that best meets your needs.
Medication is often prescribed to help you manage symptoms associated with schizoaffective disorder. The usage of medication will be addressed in your plan of care. Regular assessments will be performed in order to keep track of how well your medication is working and to make any necessary alterations.
Individual therapy may be used during your stay with us so that you have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a trained therapist. Our individual therapy will help you take a deeper look into your disorder and allow you to work through any personal issues you may have.
Group therapy is the primary therapeutic modality used at Delta. We strongly believe that you learn best when working with a group of individuals struggling with similar conditions. Through others, you will learn that you are not alone and can expand your support system. Our groups are a combination of process-based and psycho-educational to allow you to learn and process your emotions in a group setting.
Additionally, Delta places value on the involvement of family members in the therapeutic process. Family sessions will focus upon ways your condition has impacted others as well as ways your family can be there to support you in your treatment. We’ll provide contacts to community resources available to your loved ones to allow them to continue to heal.
In addition to traditional therapeutic modalities, Delta offers experiential treatments. These may include:
- Recreational therapy
- Therapeutic activities
- Nutrition and wellness counseling
- Spiritual guidance
Continuing Care – What Happens Next?
As you come to the end of your inpatient treatment, we want to make sure that there are no lapses in your treatment. You will work with your treatment team to create an aftercare plan that addresses your continuing needs. Delta is proud to offer a variety of aftercare options to allow you to continue your healing.
If you’re not quite ready to leave the structure of inpatient care, we offer a residential treatment option to allow you to continue your healing there, away from the stresses of everyday life. In the event that you’re ready to leave behind the structured environment, we offer two ongoing outpatient treatment options to fit your needs. Our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) can help individuals who can still benefit from a semi-structured environment. If you’ve decided that you are ready to return home, we’ll provide referrals to our outpatient clinic and connect you with available community resources.