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Schizophrenia services offered in Silver Spring, MD

E&B Behavioral and Medical Clinic LLC, consisting of Beatrice Tekah, DNP, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, and Ernest Keyaka, NP, PMHNP-BC, AGPCNP-BC, offer schizophrenia management that helps patients keep their symptoms in control and prevent debilitating complications. Call the Silver Spring, Maryland, office today or use the online tool if you or a loved one needs help with schizophrenia.

Schizophrenia Q & A

What is schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia affects the way you think, behave, and feel. The mental health disorder causes you to have a distorted view of reality, causing problems at work, at home, and in day-to-day life.

Without treatment, schizophrenia makes it hard for you to live your everyday life. But, with help from the team at E&B Behavioral and Medical Clinic LLC, a patient with schizophrenia can participate in meaningful work, succeed in school, enjoy relationships, and live a normal life.

What are the symptoms of schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia shows up in different ways. These symptoms are characterized in three ways:
Psychotic symptoms

Psychotic symptoms include hallucinations and delusional thinking. Patients may think in ways that are illogical or unusual. Schizophrenia can make you seem disoriented and out of step with reality.

Repetitive movements are another example of a psychotic symptom.
Negative symptoms

Negative symptoms cause a person with schizophrenia to withdraw from their social life and lose motivation for work or other daily activities.

You may neglect simple activities, like grocery shopping or house cleaning. Schizophrenia causes you to talk in a monotone voice and lack facial expression. You avoid social interactions and have very low energy.
Cognitive symptoms

Schizophrenic patients can also have concentration problems. You may resist learning new things, can’t remember appointments, or have trouble following a conversation.

Who is at risk of developing schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia has a genetic connection and runs in families. The disorder can also develop in response to certain environmental and life circumstances. Poverty, exposure to specific viruses, and nutritional deficiencies influence schizophrenia’s development.

There is also a difference in the brains of people with schizophrenia. They have variations in the size of certain brain areas and connections between these areas.

How do you treat schizophrenia?

The team at E&B Behavioral and Medical Clinic LLC customizes every patient’s treatment plan. This plan may include antipsychotic medications that help make symptoms less severe.

Medications are combined with behavioral therapy, psychotherapy, and family therapy. These therapies help someone with schizophrenia live a normal life.

Get the help you need to manage schizophrenia. Call E&B Behavioral and Medical Clinic LLC or use the online tool to book an appointment.