Schizoaffective disorder is a mental health condition in which a person experiences a combination of schizophrenia symptoms, such as hallucinations or delusions, and mood disorder symptoms, like mania or depression. Since this disorder is a mixture of mental health conditions, it is not very well understood or well defined, and it may run a unique course in each person affected by it. Schizoaffective is a long-term disorder that can change how you think, feel, and act around others. While this is a serious disorder, with proper treatment individuals with schizoaffective disorder will be able to manage their symptoms and improve their overall quality of life.
At Ten Lakes Center, we recognize how challenging it can be to live a life with schizoaffective disorder. The constant changes in mood and the psychotic symptoms can leave you struggling to function throughout each day. At Ten Lakes, we have experience working with individuals who have been diagnosed with this disorder and we offer care that is designed to meet the needs of each individual that comes to us. When you come to us for treatment, we make it our top priority to provide the highest quality of care in the safest and most comfortable environment possible.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If you think that someone you love has schizoaffective disorder, talk to him or her about your concerns. While you cannot force anyone to seek treatment, you can offer your loved one encouragement and support that will help him or her find the help that he or she needs. Here are some signs and symptoms that may indicate your loved one needs to see a mental health professional for an assessment:
- Having delusions
- Periods of major depression
- Experiencing hallucinations
- Sudden increase in energy
- Impaired social and occupational functioning
- Problems with personal appearance
- Paranoid thoughts and ideas
If you notice any of these symptoms in your loved one, help him or her make an appointment with his or her doctor so that he or she can get an evaluation and be referred to a mental health professional. It can be very hard to watch someone you love suffer from a mental health disorder like schizoaffective disorder. However, with proper treatment, people can gain control of their lives once more.
Why Consider Treatment at Ten Lakes Center
If left untreated, those with schizoaffective disorder may be unable to hold down a job or take care of other daily responsibilities. They may have to rely heavily on loved ones or live in a supportive environment, such as group homes, so they can have help on a daily basis. Additionally, these individuals may lead lonely lives as they become more and more socially isolated. In some cases, individuals with schizoaffective disorder will turn to drugs or alcohol as a way to self-medicate their symptoms, which only makes things worse.
Inpatient treatment clinics have proven to be successful in treating people who are struggling with schizoaffective disorder. These clinics allow people to step away from the stresses of their everyday lives and focus solely on getting better. Through inpatient care, individuals can learn about their disorder, develop coping skills to deal with their symptoms, and get the appropriate medication they need.
Our Philosophy and Benefits
At Ten Lakes Center, we recognize that everyone who comes to us for treatment has their own unique set of life experiences that have played a role in molding them into the people that they are today. Because of this, we strive to provide individualized treatment plans that are tailored to meet the specific needs of each of our patients. Our caring and compassionate staff of mental health and medical professionals is committed to understanding and meeting both the short-term and the long-term needs of the patients we serve. We work closely with families, primary care physicians, and long-term care facilities in order to best understand the individual needs of each patient in a way that we would not be able to without any outside input.
Types of Treatment Offered at Ten Lakes Center
When patients arrive at Ten Lakes Center, they first meet with one of our intake specialists who walks them through a comprehensive evaluation, which is designed to help us get a clearer picture of each person’s specific treatment needs. Once the evaluation is complete, it is closely reviewed by the intake staff and one of our doctors in order to ensure that our inpatient clinic will best meet the needs of that patient. Once admitted, an interdisciplinary treatment team is assigned to the patient and they will meet weekly in order to discuss the different aspects of the patient’s specific treatment plan and make sure that all needs are successfully being met. Some of the therapeutic methods that you may participate in while being treated at Ten Lakes Center include the following:
Medication management: One of the major components in the successful treatment of schizoaffective disorder is medication. Medication is used to help relieve some of the psychotic symptoms, stabilize mood, and treat depression. Every patient is seen daily by a physician and weekly by a psychiatrist in order to ensure the therapeutic effectiveness of the medications being taken and to make any changes that may be necessary.
Group therapy: Group therapy is the main treatment approach here at Ten Lakes. Multiple groups are held throughout the day and cover a wide variety of topics. Some of the topics that may be discussed in group sessions can include mindfulness, stress management, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, interpersonal relationships, and anger management.
Individual therapy: Individual therapy is held on an as-needed basis and sessions can be added at any time if deemed appropriate to the successful advancement of treatment. Individual therapy is a time where patients meet privately with a therapist and discuss any concerns they may have, address any presenting issues, or help patients refocus.
Family therapy: At Ten Lakes, we believe that family involvement in treatment is extremely important to successfully help our patients, which is why family members are included in all aspects of treatment and are encouraged to attend weekly team meetings. We also understand how difficult this time can be for the family members of our patients, so we make sure to provide them with education regarding their loved one’s illness and answer any questions that they may have. Additionally, we hold visitation hours twice daily, between 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm and again from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Recreational therapy: All of the patients being treated at our center participate in some form of exercise at least five days per week. We also provide options for other forms of recreational and experiential therapy that we have found to be beneficial for the healing process. These include things such as art and music appreciation, arts and crafts, and a time for reminiscing.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
The transition that occurs at the time of discharge has the potential to be overwhelming for patients, so we start planning for this at the time of admission. More often than not, our patients are referred back to the facility that referred them to us. In some cases, however, patients may require placement in an extended care facility. Our social services department works with the families and guardians of our patients to determine what the most appropriate placement and services are once the patient has been discharged.
In addition to our inpatient care, Ten Lakes Center operates The Wellness Center, which is a partial hospitalization program (PHP) located in New Philadelphia, Ohio. This program is held Monday through Friday from 9:30 am until 2:30 pm, during which time patients participate in three education groups and two process groups each day. Additional services that are offered include individual and family therapy as needed, medication management, and monthly visits with a psychiatrist. All patients are provided with a daily lunch and, for those located within a 30-mile radius, transportation can be provided as well.
Serving The Entire Eastern Ohio Region
Our main treatment center in Dennison is within Trinity Twin City Critical Access Hospital (which is complete with a newly renovated emergency department and a 25-bed medical care unit). This location serves residents of the entire Eastern Ohio region and even some Western Pennsylvania residents. Call one of our Admissions counselors today for a free, confidential screening to see how Ten Lakes Center can help you down the path of recovery.