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Schizophrenia is the most complex of all mental health disorders and although it is diagnosed and treated by psychiatrists, it is now classified as a brain disease – it is believed that a chemical imbalance in the brain is an inherited factor that is necessary for schizophrenia to develop.

If you or someone you care about is exhibiting signs of schizophrenia, including hallucinations, paranoid behaviors and confusing fantasy with reality or others, you should urge them to seek treatment as soon as possible. These symptoms may begin to manifest in the early teens to mid-twenties, and if schizophrenia is present in a family member, there is a greater risk for developing the disease.

Jefferson's Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior is staffed with highly trained and experienced psychiatrists who will work hard to provide a level of functionality to your life through a combination of talk therapy and medication. There have been significant advances in the medications to control the symptoms of schizophrenia with fewer side effects.

If the schizophrenia has progressed, Jefferson's General Adult Inpatient Unit is a secure psychiatric acute care unit dedicated to the treatment of severe mental illness. Inpatients treated at the Unit present with a wide range of major psychiatric illnesses, including schizophrenia spectrum disorders or affective psychoses, major depressive disorders, substance use disorders, adjustment disorders and personality disorders.

The Unit provides the most secure setting for your treatment, regardless of your degree of psychiatric pathology. The Unit often admits patients seen through the Trauma Injury Prevention and Outreach Program, especially where injuries have been self-inflicted, following an initial period of medical stabilization.

Make an Appointment

Call 1-800-JEFF-NOW (1-800-533-3669) to make an appointment with a Jefferson Health schizophrenia specialist.