Mental Health Counseling located in Peoria and Phoenix, AZ

Schizophrenia services offered in Peoria and Phoenix, AZ

Schizophrenia affects 221 in 100,000 people in the world. The skilled team at Desert View Counseling & Consulting in Phoenix and Peoria, Arizona, offers highly effective treatments that reduce debilitating schizophrenia symptoms. Schedule an in-person or telehealth evaluation by phone or request an appointment online today.

Schizophrenia Q & A

What is schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is a mental health condition that causes you to abnormally interpret reality. It’s characterized by hallucinations, disordered thinking and speech, delusions, and impaired functioning during everyday activities. Schizophrenia requires lifelong treatment to keep symptoms at bay and avoid serious complications.

What are the symptoms of schizophrenia?

The hallmark symptoms of schizophrenia include:

  • Problems with cognition (thinking)
  • Delusions (false beliefs not based on reality)
  • Disorganized thinking
  • Hallucinations (hearing or seeing things that don’t exist)
  • Hearing voices
  • Disorganized motor behavior
  • Acting child-like 
  • Inappropriate or bizarre movements
  • Poor hygiene 
  • Lack of emotion
  • No eye contact
  • Monotone voice
  • Social withdrawal
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Lack of motivation
  • Depression
  • Irritability 

People with schizophrenia have a reduced ability to function normally and may have a difficult time experiencing pleasure.

Schizophrenia often appears in men in the early to mid-20s, while symptoms in women generally begin in the late 20s. 

What are the risk factors for schizophrenia?

The following factors may increase the risk of schizophrenia:

  • Brain chemical changes
  • Family history of schizophrenia
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Malnutrition during pregnancy
  • Toxin or virus exposure during pregnancy
  • Taking mind-altering drugs

However, the exact cause of schizophrenia isn’t clear. It may be due to a combination of brain chemistry, genetics, and environmental factors. 

When not treated, schizophrenia increases the possibility of suicide, substance misuse, financial problems, homelessness, physical and mental health problems, and being victimized. 

There’s no way to prevent schizophrenia, but early diagnosis in the prodromal schizophrenia phase and properly managing the condition reduces the risk of complications.

How is schizophrenia treated?

Diagnosing schizophrenia involves a physical exam, comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, and imaging procedures if necessary.

Treating schizophrenia often involves taking medications and undergoing psychotherapy to effectively manage symptoms and help you thrive. Genetic testing is available to assist in medication selection and management. 

The Desert View Counseling & Consulting team also provides referrals to community resources that offer additional assistance, such as supported employment. 

The practice specializes in family therapy, individualized therapy, social skills training, and vocational rehabilitation. Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) may be an option for people with schizophrenia who haven’t responded to traditional treatments. 

Schedule an in-person or telehealth schizophrenia evaluation at Desert View Counseling & Consulting by phone or request one online today.