Schizophrenia is a chronic mental disorder which affects how a person thinks, feels and behaves. The person may experience troubling symptoms such as hallucinations or delusions. They may want to avoid people, have disorganised thinking and speech and a lack of interest in everyday activities.
Symptoms often begin in young adulthood and are frequently described as ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ symptoms. ‘Positive’ symptoms can include: hearing voices, seeing things that others don’t, believing your thoughts are being controlled, or believing something is true when it isn’t. ‘Negative’ symptoms may include: having less motivation, finding activities less enjoyable or feeling out of touch with your feelings. Schizophrenia is a misunderstood condition; it does not mean the person has a ‘split personality’ or that they are violent or dangerous.
The person with schizophrenia can experience significant everyday social and work problems, which is where our mental health occupational therapy services can help.
How can KMA help?
If you have schizophrenia, you may find it difficult to achieve things in your life that are important to you. This is not unusual and our highly skilled mental health occupational therapy professionals will want to hear about your life and what is hard for you to do – for example structuring your day if you are not in work, increasing your concentration or managing your symptoms.
During the assessment, your Occupational Therapist will have a detailed but sensitive conversation with you. This will focus on both your strengths and the areas in which are experiencing problems. To assist this process, they may ask you to complete a brief screening tool or a more comprehensive formal assessment, depending on your particular need or circumstances. In our experience it is helpful for us to meet and talk with key people in your life i.e family members, carers and employers, particularly if you are working or wish to return to work.
As our focus at KMA is on helping you improve what you are able to do each day, our assessment will pay particular attention to your daily routine. This includes the roles you have i.e. as a parent, student or employee. This will enable us to understand the impact your symptoms are having on your life. We will work with you to identify realistic and achievable goals to increase your functional performance and your overall quality of life.
KMA will produce a detailed, yet accessible report of your assessment. This will include an integrated summary, emphasising your perspective and the views of those closest to you so as to establish meaningful and achievable goals. Mental health occupational therapy can help you by making recommendations to assist you in fulfilling your roles, responsibilities and routines in a way that builds on and facilitates success. We aim to get the report back to you within 10 working days of the assessment.
Therapies and treatment of Schizophrenia
Kate Meads Associates’ occupational therapists are highly trained and experienced. They are passionate about providing evidence-based interventions to improve your functional performance. Each treatment plan will be individual, underpinned by occupational therapy philosophy, taking a person-centred and strengths based approach. Our ultimate aim is to help you achieve your goals, improve your functional performance and work towards a personally defined recovery.
Your mental health occupational therapy professional will work with you to establish treatment goals, dependant on your particular area of need and then use a variety of techniques with you in order to help you regain control of your life. These may include ways to:
Manage and gain control over your symptoms
Build your confidence and / or reduce your anxiety in a variety of situations
Establish a daily routine, including a reasonable sleeping pattern
Explore hobbies and interests
Increase skills and confidence in activities of daily living
Access voluntary work or paid employment
Do you have difficulty…
Focusing on day to day activities?
Achieving goals or actions?