Schizophrenia Specialist

South Texas Mental Health Associates

Psychiatrists located in Corpus Christi, TX

If you’re living with schizophrenia, you may experience delusions and hallucinations that disrupt your life and relationships. While there’s no cure for schizophrenia, the psychiatrists and nurse practitioners at South Texas Mental Health Associates in Corpus Christi, Texas, offer customized treatments and care to help you manage your condition and lead a healthy and productive life. Call or schedule a consultation online today for personalized expert care.

Schizophrenia Q & A

What is schizophrenia?

There’s a common misconception that schizophrenia cause “multiple” or “split” personalities. In reality, schizophrenia is a complex and misunderstood brain disorder that causes hallucinations, disordered thinking, and an inability to identify reality. People with schizophrenia aren’t dangerous and in most cases, with proper care and treatment, people with schizophrenia can lead active and fulfilling lives.

Schizophrenia affects approximately 1% of the US population and is slightly more common in men than women. The condition is usually diagnosed in early adulthood. It’s a chronic condition that requires lifelong treatment to manage and control the symptoms.

What are symptoms of schizophrenia?

Schizophrenic symptoms range from mild to severe and vary from person to person. Some common schizophrenic symptoms include:

  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Distorted perceptions, beliefs, and behaviors
  • Confused or disordered thoughts and speech
  • Impaired cognition, memory, and concentration
  • Decreased ability to express or experience emotions

Schizophrenia can also lead to harmful and destructive behaviors and other complications that can create challenges and obstacles in your life. For example, if you have schizophrenia, your chances of developing a substance abuse problem are increased. Other potential complications include:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Inability to go to work or school
  • Social isolation
  • Legal and financial problems
  • Self-harm or suicide

What causes schizophrenia?

The exact cause of schizophrenia is unknown, but research indicates that a chemical imbalance in your brain is linked to the condition. Psychiatrists and medical researchers have completed neurological imaging studies that show differences between the brains of people with and without schizophrenia.

Like many mental health disorders, there are risk factors that increase your chances of developing the condition, including:

  • Family history of schizophrenia and other mental health disorders
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Malnutrition or exposure to certain toxins during gestation, birth, and infancy
  • Abuse of psychoactive drugs during adolescence and early adulthood

How is schizophrenia treated?

Following a comprehensive assessment, the psychiatrists and nurse practitioners at South Texas Mental Health Associates provide patient-focused care to help you or your loved one manage schizophrenia and maintain a healthy and active life.

Treatment plans often incorporate a combination of medication, individual and group therapy, and occupational and vocational rehabilitation. While there is no cure for schizophrenia, with appropriate treatment, you can live a normal life, hold down a job, and have successful relationships.

If you or someone you care about is experiencing symptoms of schizophrenia, call or make an appointment online today.