If you have Schizophrenia, Judy E. Vansiea, DNP, MA, MS, APRN, NPP, can help you manage symptoms and prevent future episodes. To find out more about Schizophrenia and available treatment approaches, call Coping Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry Services or book a virtual or in-person appointment online today. Telehealth appointments are available for those residing in the boroughs of New York, such as the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island. Services continue to be available to Nassau and Suffolk Counties and all residents of the state of New York, along with all college students needing services within New York.
Schizophrenia is a disorder that affects a person's ability to think, behave, and feel clearly. The condition is described by experiences or thoughts that are out of touch with reality, disorganized speech or behavior, and decreased activity participation. Difficulty with memory and concentration may also be present.
Symptoms of Schizophrenia can vary in severity and type over time, with periods of worsening and remission. Some symptoms may always be present.
Symptoms can vary with Schizophrenia; someone else might notice them before you realize something is wrong. During an episode, you might experience:
When you come to Coping Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry Services with symptoms of Schizophrenia, Dr. Vansiea interviews you to evaluate your responses and behaviors. She may look for an underlying mental health condition causing your symptoms, like brief psychotic disorder, major depression, or bipolar disorder.
* Suicidal thoughts and behavior are common with Schizophrenia. If you or a loved one is in danger of attempting suicide or has made a suicide attempt, make sure someone stays with that person. Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.
Your treatment for Schizophrenia is highly individualized. Generally, Dr. Vansiea recommends a multi-treatment approach for the best possible outcome. She monitors you throughout your treatment and can change your plan if it isn’t working well. She might recommend:
One-on-one psychotherapy sessions with Dr. Vansiea can help you process and understand your thoughts, behaviors, and emotions. During psychotherapy, you can develop healthy coping mechanisms. Regular visits allow Dr. Vansiea to check in with you and monitor your treatment.
Antipsychotic medications can reduce psychotic symptoms like delusions and hallucinations. Dr. Vansiea monitors you closely and can adjust your dosage if necessary.
Patients with Schizophrenia are at an increased risk for the development of depression. If you have symptoms of depression, Dr. Vansiea might add antidepressant medications to your treatment plan.
Treatment for Schizophrenia is usually lifelong and often involves a combination of psychotherapy, medications, and coordinated specialty care services.
To get help managing Schizophrenia, call Coping Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry Services, or book an appointment online today.