Schizophrenia is a serious and disabling brain disorder. Differing from popular belief, individuals with schizophrenia do not have multiple personalities. Schizophrenia causes extreme disturbance in individual’s lives and is characterized by a wide-ranging group of abnormal behaviors. Symptoms include hallucinations, delusions, a lack of pleasure in life, disorganized thinking or speaking, a lack of motivation, social withdrawal, a lack of facial emotions and the absence of normal emotional response. The signs of schizophrenia typically begin to appear in early adulthood. No one knows exactly what causes schizophrenia, but it is thought to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Schizophrenia is a lifelong condition and usually requires ongoing medical care. Seeing a mental health professional is an important part of treatment for individuals who have schizophrenia, which often get worse without help.
Local Experts in Schizophrenia
I have 3 years of experience working with people living with schizophrenia, in an agency setting. I have seen 'up close' how the illness impacts the children of schizophrenic parents. In working with parents or children, I stay attuned to the whole person, not just the illness.
Prior to entering private practice, I had the opportunity to work with several people experiencing voices, strange thoughts, and confusing experiences. I collaborate with people to decrease the stigma around this diagnosis as well as learn ways to cope with intense symptoms and minimize the impact an episode can have on your daily life.
I have led peer groups focused on developing skills to address the barriers schizophrenia symptoms can create, I am a Peer Trainer at NAMI, and, in the recent past, been the Clinical Supervisor of a SPMI residential treatment home.
Schizophrenia is a disorder that affects the whole person, and it can be very isolating. As important as psychiatry is in treating the symptoms, social support and understanding is just as important in making a person whole. I have worked with people experiencing psychotic disorders for several years and understand the opportunities for recovery.
Many people hear voices, see things others don\'t, or have unusual beliefs. It\'s only a problem when it makes your life hard. What is labeled schizophrenia can be a brilliant response to trauma, a spiritual sensitivity needing a container, or....? It is for you to find your own meaning. I would be honored to support you on this path.