Schizophrenia is a mental illness that influences the way a person experiences the world – it affects the way a person thinks about and processes information, therefore it affects what they believe and how they interact with others.
People with schizophrenia often have an altered perception of reality which can sometimes include losing touch with reality. While the types and degree of symptoms can vary from person to person, individuals with this disorder tend to display some combination of:
- Delusions: distorted/unrealistic/unusual beliefs such as believing people are following or trying to hurt them, that other people can read their minds, beliefs of holding special powers or abilities, or beliefs of inanimate objections communicating messages
- Hallucinations: can be auditory, as in hearing voices or sounds that are not actually present; visual, as in seeing people, colors or objects that are not present; olfactory, as in smelling an odor that isn’t present; as well as tactile: feeling sensations that aren’t a result of an actual, real stimulus
- Bizarre behavior: acting in a way that others would deem strange, confusing or inappropriate within the given context
- Disorganized speech: speaking in a way that most others would find difficult to understand: stringing words together that don’t make sense, not responding aptly to a conversation, or speaking in a garbled or nonsensical way
- “Negative symptoms” which can include a severe lack of interest or motivation, a restricted range of emotional expression and tone, and constricted cognitive functioning.
Schizophrenia most often emerges in late teens or early adulthood. However, it can appear in younger years or the first time in middle age or even later. Generally, the earlier schizophrenia develops the more severe it tends to be. This illness often makes activities of daily living difficult – holding a job, navigating interpersonal relationships, managing self-care, and handling routine life tasks. The symptoms of Schizophrenia can be very scary and in response, it’s not uncommon for people with schizophrenia to withdraw from the outside world or act out in confusion and fear.
How Hanbleceya Treats Schizophrenia
With structured support, medication, education, and therapy, many individuals with schizophrenia are able to develop practical and illness-coping skills that provide for healthy and satisfying lives.
Although schizophrenia is often considered a chronic disease, there is help available. Hanbleceya has had long-standing history of helping individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia build a life of independence and purpose through becoming an integral member of a therapeutic community. With structured support, medication, education, and therapy, many individuals with schizophrenia are able to develop practical and illness-coping skills that provide for healthy and satisfying lives.
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’ve attained success and skill mastery, and 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.
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