Schizophrenia

People suffering from schizophrenia experience a mental disorder that affects their ability to determine what is real. Common symptoms include unclear, confused thinking or believing in something that is false, hallucinations, hearing voices that no one else hears, and other abnormal and unstable patterns of behaviour. Schizophrenia can affect a person’s overall thoughts, behaviour, well-being, work-home-family life and interpersonal relationships. Are you questioning if your own behaviour, or that of a child, friend, or family member, resembles the symptoms of schizophrenia? Are you looking for information, resources, or professionals to help you diagnose schizophrenia or form a treatment plan? For information, guidance, or community support to help you face challenges brought on by schizophrenia, see the information below.

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Diagnosis: Schizophrenia

A Comprehensive Resource for Consumers, Families, and Helping Professionals

In this book, thirty-five young, recently diagnosed patients speak about schizophrenia and the process of recovery, while two specialists illuminate the medical science, psychoeducation, and therapeutic needs of those coping with the illness, as well as access to medical benefits and community resources. A remarkably inclusive guide, the volume informs patients, families, friends, and professionals, detailing the possible causes of schizophrenia, medications and side effects, the functioning of the brain, and the value of rehabilitation and other services. In their dialogues, participants confront shame, stigma, substance use, and relapse issues and the necessity of healthy eating, safe sex practices, and coping skills during recovery. Clinicians elaborate on the symptoms of schizophrenia, such as violent and suicidal thoughts, delusions, hallucinations, memory and concentration problems, trouble getting motivated or organized, and anxiety and mood disorders. Adopting an uplifting tone of manageability, the participants, authors, and clinicians of this volume offer more than advice--they prescribe hope.

Clinical Handbook of Schizophrenia

Reviewing the breadth of current knowledge on schizophrenia, this handbook provides clear, practical guidelines for effective assessment and treatment in diverse contexts. Leading authorities have contributed 61 concise chapters on all aspects of the disorder and its clinical management. In lieu of exhaustive literature reviews, each chapter summarizes the state of the science; highlights key points the busy practitioner needs to know; and lists recommended resources, including seminal research studies, invaluable clinical tools, and more. Comprehensive, authoritative, and timely, the volume will enable professionals in any setting to better understand and help their patients or clients with severe mental illness.

Schizophrenia

The Sacred Symbol of Psychiatry

Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is one of the most complex and disabling diseases to affect mankind. Relatively little is known about its nature and its origins, and available treatments are inadequate for most patients. As a result, there are inevitable controversies about what causes it, how to diagnose it, and how best to treat it. However, in the past decade, there has been an explosion of new research, with dramatic discoveries involving genetic etiology and epidemiological risk factors. There has also been a catalog of new drugs coming to market, and controversy about the relative advantages and disadvantages of newer compared with older therapies. In addition, developing technologies in genomics, molecular biology and neuroimaging provide streams of new information. This book represents a definitive, essential, and up-to-date reference text on schizophrenia. It extensively and critically digests and clarifies recent advances and places them within a clinical context. The Editors (one American and one British), highly respected clinical psychiatrists and researchers and acknowledged experts on schizophrenia, have again assembled an outstanding group of contributors from the USA, UK, Europe and Australia, It will be of value to practising psychiatrists and to trainees, as well as to clinical and neuroscience researchers interested in keeping up with this field or coming into it. The book consists of four sections: descriptive aspects, biological aspects, physical treatments, and psychological and social aspects. It reviews the theoretical controversies over symptomatology, classification and aetiology (particularly pertinent as DSM-V is being developed), the relationship of schizophrenia to the other psychoses, the significance of positive and negative symptoms and pre-morbid personality. It describes a variety of approaches to integrating the vast research data about schizophrenia, including neurodevelopmental, genetic, pharmacological, brain imaging and psychological findings. The biological treatment section reviews the comparative efficacy of various drugs, the management of drug-resistant patients and both neurological and metabolic complications. The final section looks at psychological therapies, social outcomes, and the economics of schizophrenia. Highly Commended in the Psychiatry section of the 2012 BMA Book Awards.

Schizophrenia

A Scientific Delusion?

First published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Collected Schizophrenias

Essays

Powerful, affecting essays on mental illness, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and a Whiting Award An intimate, moving book written with the immediacy and directness of one who still struggles with the effects of mental and chronic illness, The Collected Schizophrenias cuts right to the core. Schizophrenia is not a single unifying diagnosis, and Esmé Weijun Wang writes not just to her fellow members of the “collected schizophrenias” but to those who wish to understand it as well. Opening with the journey toward her diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, Wang discusses the medical community’s own disagreement about labels and procedures for diagnosing those with mental illness, and then follows an arc that examines the manifestations of schizophrenia in her life. In essays that range from using fashion to present as high-functioning to the depths of a rare form of psychosis, and from the failures of the higher education system and the dangers of institutionalization to the complexity of compounding factors such as PTSD and Lyme disease, Wang’s analytical eye, honed as a former lab researcher at Stanford, allows her to balance research with personal narrative. An essay collection of undeniable power, The Collected Schizophrenias dispels misconceptions and provides insight into a condition long misunderstood.

The Encyclopedia of Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders

Deals with the subject of Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders. With more than 600 entries, this work features a foreword and an introduction, and references and appendixes. Its coverage includes the history, treatment, diagnosis, and medical research and theories regarding this class of mental illness.

Schizophrenia

straight talk for family and friends

A critical study of the myths and realities of schizophrenia discusses the symptoms of the disease and offers a practical guide for families and friends of schizophrenics on ways to cope with the problem

Schizophrenia

A Brother Finds Answers in Biological Science

With the author’s intimate knowledge of the suffering caused by this disease, Schizophrenia emphasizes research strategies, the importance of sound scientific approaches, and the challenges that remain.

Cognitive Therapy of Schizophrenia

Drawing on the authors' decades of influential work in the field, this highly practical volume presents an evidence-based cognitive therapy approach for clients with schizophrenia. Guidelines are provided for collaborative assessment and case formulation that enable the clinician to build a strong therapeutic relationship, establish reasonable goals, and tailor treatment to each client's needs. Described in thorough, step-by-step detail are effective techniques for working with delusional beliefs, voices, visions, thought disorders, and negative symptoms; integrating cognitive therapy with other forms of treatment; reducing relapse risks; and enhancing client motivation. Special features include reproducible client handouts and assessment tools.

Schizophrenia

A Scientific Delusion?

First published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Schizophrenia

The Facts

Aims to dispel myths and prejudice by presenting the facts in a readable and accurate way.

Hamilton Program for Schizophrenia - Cottage Studio - 70 James St

A Consumer Art Program that promotes mental health and the artistic realization of its members.This program is offered through Hamilton Program for Schizophrenia (HPS) and is open to anyone with a mental health diagnosis.

Hamilton Program for Schizophrenia - 20 Hughson St

A comprehensive community-based treatment and rehabilitation program dedicated to helping people with schizophrenia, through case management services, rehabilitation programs, and psychiatric care.

Schizophrenia Society of Ontario - Burlington Support Group - Halton Peel Regional Office - Mailing Address

Helps members understand psychosis and schizophrenia as an illness, to be more aware of available facilities in the community, to keep abreast of research progress and to create public awareness

Major services:
IDEAS Group
* a confidential small group meeting held monthly offering support to families who are caring for a loved one who has schizophrenia * speaker presents on a topic and then there is sharing between family members in a confidential setting

Education
* Strengthening Families Together 4-week course
* presentations in the community
* the Regional Office offers educational courses, public forums on various topics to do with mental health as well as related workshops

St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Schizophrenia Outpatient Clinic (SOC) - Schizophrenia Outpatient Clinic

An outpatient program for individuals living with schizophrenia or related psychotic disorders. Program model is collaborative and person-centered, and offers assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation with a focus on self-management and recovery. A part of the Schizophrenia & Community Integration Service (SCIS).

Schizophrenia Society of Ontario - Hamilton / Niagara Region

Mission is to improve the quality of life for families affected by mental illness. Family is defined by caring relationships between people with schizophrenia, relatives, friends, and other individuals in a supportive capacity.
Offers a free monthly IDEAS Family Support Group highlighting Information, Decision Making, Empowerment, Advocacy, and Support with guest speakers, and speakers with lived experience. Includes topics such as Effective Communication Strategies, Relapse Prevention, and Henson Trusts.


Schizophrenia Society of Ontario - Oakville Office

Offers family support and education to families and friends of those living with schizophrenia in the community

Services include:
  • confidential small group meetings (group called IDEAS) held monthly offering support for families who are caring for a loved one who has a serious mental illness * held in Burlington
  • 4-week course called Strengthening Families Together (developed by the Schizophrenia Society of Canada) for families of individuals with a severe mental illness such as schizophrenia
  • discusses clinical treatment, provides information about the illness, and teaches skills that family members need to cope more effectively
  • public forums with guest speakers providing support and education for families of those with schizophrenia
  • advocacy in the community for services required by people with schizophrenia to live in the community
  • public awareness and education
  • raising funds for research into a cause and cure for schizophrenia
  • holds the annual Peace of Minds Walk in May and an annual Peace of Minds Yogathon in February

St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Schizophrenia & Community Integration Service (SCIS) - West 5th Campus, Level 2, Block D

Provides person-centred, specialized mental health care for people with schizophrenia and related illnesses. Multi-disciplinary teams work in partnership with clients, caregivers, and other health care providers. Service is offered in inpatient, transitional, and outpatient programs.

Programs include:
- Assertive Community Treatment Teams (ACTT) serving different regions
- Centralized Rehabilitation
- Community Treatment Order (CTO) Program
- Early Psychosis Intervention Program (EPI)
- Family Education Program for Schizophrenia (FEP)
- Homes for Special Care (HSC)
- Patient and Family Collaborative Support Service
- Psychotic Disorders Teams (PDT)
- Schizophrenia Inpatient Units
- Schizophrenia Outpatient Clinic (SOC, formerly Community Schizophrenia Service)
- Therapeutic Recreation
- Transitional Outpatient Program of the Schizophrenia Service (TOPSS)
- Vocational Assessment
- Vocational Counselling

St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Family Education Program for Schizophrenia - West 5th Campus, Level 2, Block D

Provides information about schizophrenia, problem-solving techniques, crisis, and communication skills. Also provides family members with the opportunity to develop emotional and social support outside the immediate family. Part of the Centralized Rehabilitation Resource Clinic of the Schizophrenia & Community Integration Service (SCIS).

Schizophrenia Society of Ontario - Oakville Office

Offers family support and education to families and friends of those living with schizophrenia in the community

Services include:
  • confidential small group meetings (group called IDEAS) held monthly offering support for families who are caring for a loved one who has a serious mental illness * held in Burlington
  • 4-week course called Strengthening Families Together (developed by the Schizophrenia Society of Canada) for families of individuals with a severe mental illness such as schizophrenia
  • discusses clinical treatment, provides information about the illness, and teaches skills that family members need to cope more effectively
  • public forums with guest speakers providing support and education for families of those with schizophrenia
  • advocacy in the community for services required by people with schizophrenia to live in the community
  • public awareness and education
  • raising funds for research into a cause and cure for schizophrenia
  • holds the annual Peace of Minds Walk in May and an annual Peace of Minds Yogathon in February

Intensive Case Management Access Coordination

Provides a single point of access to mental health intensive case management services provided by Canadian Mental Health Association, City of Hamilton Mental Health and Outreach Team (Community Mental Health Promotion Program), Hamilton Program for Schizophrenia (HPS), and Hamilton Mental Health Outreach.

Intensive Case Management Access Coordination

Provides a single point of access to mental health intensive case management services provided by Canadian Mental Health Association, City of Hamilton Mental Health and Outreach Team (Community Mental Health Promotion Program), Hamilton Program for Schizophrenia (HPS), and Hamilton Mental Health Outreach.

Schizophrenia Society of Ontario - Guelph and Area Chapter

Programs and resources to improve and empower the lives of people living with mental illnesses and their families
* services for individuals and families
* increases public awareness and understanding of schizophrenia
* public policy and advocacy

**Ask The Expert Program (online and telephone support) offers one-on-one counselling, advice on the mental health system, and referrals to local services and resources