About Schizoaffective Disorder
Schizoaffective disorder is a mental illness in which a person suffers both from symptoms common to schizophrenia as well as symptoms of a serious mood disorder.
Schizoaffective disorder is diagnostically separated into two categories: bipolar and depressive types. Bipolar symptoms associated with schizoaffective disorder can include decreased sleep or decreased need for sleep, distractibility, fast “pressured” speech or hyper verbal speech, grandiosity, and increased risk-taking or impulsive behaviors, such as drug and alcohol abuse, sexual activities, gambling, spending large amounts of money, etc. Depressive symptoms can include hopelessness, guilt, worthlessness, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping or significant increase in sleeping, and depressed mood.
Given its wide berth of symptoms and how differently this illness can present itself in each individual, schizoaffective disorder can be especially difficult to diagnose correctly. Individuals with depression or bipolar disorder can also experience symptoms of psychosis during severe episodes of their illness, however when well treated, those suffering from depression or mania won’t experience psychotic symptoms. Additionally, those suffering from schizoaffective disorder often suffer from co-occuring conditions, including (but not limited to) anxiety disorders or substance abuse disorders. It is therefore important to work with skilled experts and receive ongoing assessments to ensure an accurate diagnosis.
How Hanbleceya Treats Schizoaffective Disorder
Hanbleceya has had many successes of helping individuals diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder build a life of independence and purpose through becoming an integral member of a therapeutic community.
For many with schizoaffective disorder, treatment will look very similar to that of schizophrenia. Hanbleceya has had many successes of helping individuals diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder build a life of independence and purpose through becoming an integral member of a therapeutic community. Hanbleceya’s therapeutic milieu approach emphasizes learning, strengthening and practicing skills of adult independent living and illness management within the context of a supportive, structured, social setting. Program members both learn from and teach each other effective means of managing one’s illness, mentored by peers who have attained success and skill mastery, and are helped along by a trained and supportive clinical team. The reciprocal help-and-be-helped nature of this approach also gives program members the opportunity to build and develop close, supportive social bonds that are essential in the healing and maintenance of recovery.
Additionally, several therapeutic approaches are utilized in individual and group therapy sessions. Which approach will largely depend on each individual’s unique needs and will be utilized in addition to working with a psychiatrist on-site to find the right antipsychotic medications. Cognitive behavioral therapy is often used to target psychotic and depressive symptoms while dialectical behavioral therapy can support individuals with learning how to regulate emotions, which can often be helpful to depressive type as well as bipolar type schizoaffective disorder.
Our Comprehensive Treatment Program
Regular individual, group and family therapy plus frequent consultations with our program psychiatrist. Read More
A private room in one of our residential houses plus support in learning effective self care skills, household management and medication management. Read More
Support with placement in a job, school or training program in addition to resume building, interview preparation and job coaching. Read More
Regular community activities, holiday functions and support for participating in daily peer- initiated social activities. Read More
Weekly meetings with an Addiction Case Manager, support for maintaining an outside recovery network and regular drug testing. Read More
Regular group and individual sessions with horses facilitated by our equine-assisted psychotherapist. Read More
Regular nutrition groups and individual counseling sessions with our registered dietitian. Read More