Schizophrenia and Personality Disorder
Often linked together, these are two different disorders and we regard and treat them as such. Schizophrenia is the more common, it can arise at any point in life and often improves as time goes on, the arrival is usually slow and signs are recognised before real issues arise, allowing time for help to be sought and strategies put in place. Few of those with Schizophrenia are a danger to themselves, or to others. The symptoms can be confusing and worrying for those around, we can assist and work with all those involved.
Personality Disorder can manifest itself in various and confusing ways. This can affect behaviours, emotions and thinking, it may make sufferers behave impulsively and they can be seen as aggressive, although rarely does the condition become dangerous. The condition may be as a result of substance abuse, or depression. A key part of treatment is talking therapies and these may last for years and help individuals to build methods of coping and managing their life, along with drug therapies. As always in these cases. Individualised treatment with regular assessments are a must, the individual their care and support needs being central.