Initially considered a subtype of schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder now has its own diagnostic criteria. Characterized by a prominent mood disorder such as depression or bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder has accompanying traits of schizophrenia. If you seek treatment for schizoaffective disorder or a dual diagnosis treatment center that can successfully address mental health symptoms and co-occurring addiction, reach out to Mile High Recovery to learn more about our schizoaffective disorder treatment program in Colorado.
The complexity of schizoaffective disorder lies in the comorbidity of mood disorder with psychosis. Symptoms such as delusions, hallucinations, or disorganized behavior or speech, combined with major depression, mania, or bipolar disorder symptoms are likely to lead to a diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder. Treatable with therapies and medication, this mental health diagnosis is very likely to co-occur with addiction. Thus, treating both the substance use disorder and schizoaffective disorder in a coordinated therapeutic approach is considered best practice.
To learn more about how Mile High treats schizoaffective disorder, with or without a co-occurring addiction, reach out by phone – 303-268-2144 – or submit our online form.
Schizoaffective Disorder Diagnosis
The difficulty in diagnosing schizoaffective disorder is primarily due to the overlapping symptoms that characterize two distinct mental health disorders–schizophrenia and a mood disorder. The two types of schizoaffective disorder are determined by whether the mood disorder aspect is depressive or bipolar.
Further diagnostic complications are due to the frequency of co-occurring addiction and schizoaffective disorder. Because people who have mood disorders and those who suffer from schizophrenic symptoms, such as hallucinations, often self-medicate with alcohol or drugs, and because drug use can trigger hallucinations outside of a mental health diagnosis, it is sometimes difficult to decide if symptoms preceded or resulted from drug or alcohol abuse. However, once a diagnosis is made, treatment can begin.
What to Expect at a Schizoaffective Disorder Treatment Center
Schizoaffective disorder cannot be cured but can be effectively managed. A three-pronged approach is generally considered highly effective.
- Psychoeducation helps those who suffer understand schizoaffective disorder, how it operates within the brain, treatment best practices, and family involvement.
- Clinical therapy uses evidence-based treatments to reframe thoughts and offer practical skills to manage triggers and symptoms.
- Medication is typically the foundational piece of the treatment approach to stabilize mood and mitigate psychotic symptoms.
When you receive schizoaffective disorder treatment in Denver at Mile High Recovery, you may benefit from some of the following therapies established as being very effective in treating this condition.
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)–People with psychotic disorders such as schizoaffective disorder can benefit significantly from CBT because the treatment targets the thought process. In those with schizoaffective disorder, thoughts are disorganized and can be hurtful. By learning how to self-monitor for maladaptive thinking, clients will begin to notice when their thinking is splitting off in an irrational direction and can thus avoid a psychotic episode.
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)–Based on behavioral therapy modalities, ACT emphasizes the importance of acceptance over change. Using mindfulness in treating schizoaffective disorder has great benefits because it encourages experiencing emotions deeply without succumbing to those emotions or reacting to them outwardly. Since changing thoughts in someone with schizophrenic symptoms is very difficult, using an acceptance approach helps with self-esteem and commitment and allows sufferers to change behaviors even if the alteration of thinking patterns comes much later.
- Group and family therapy–The support of family and peers is very powerful in treating schizoaffective disorders. Family can learn to reduce stressors on the client by altering their communication style or behaviors. In group therapy, the presence of supportive peers helps mitigate feelings of shame and isolation that so often accompany this diagnosis.
Mile High Recovery – Schizoaffective Disorder Treatment in Denver
Looking for a schizoaffective disorder treatment program in Colorado? Reach out to Mile High Recovery today to find out how we can help you or someone you love manage their schizoaffective disorder symptoms and address addiction issues, if applicable. Our evidence-based therapies and highly experienced professional staff will usher you towards mental wellness. Reach out soon to learn as much as you can about schizoaffective disorder treatment in Denver. Our phone is 303-268-2144, and our online form is another easy way to reach us.