Schizoaffective Disorder Treatment
One client described his descent into schizoaffective disorder: “I started sleeping all day and staying up all night. Some nights I had crazy energy, writing manifestos. But usually I felt catatonic and listened to music with my headphones on for hours and hours. I would pace back and forth in my room. My parents didn’t know what to do with me.”
Morningside Recovery's treatment for schizoaffective disorder includes cognitive behavioral therapy, group therapy and social skills training. Our efforts go hand in hand with carefully prescribed medication from the client's own psychiatrist. Medications used to treat schizoaffective disorder include antipsychotic medications, antidepressants and mood stabilizers. Morningside's clinical staff recognizes that different antipsychotic drugs have somewhat different side effect profiles and works closely with the client's psychiatrist to identify any side effects and build on positive results.
Approaches to schizoaffective disorders
Morningside Recovery offers a number of therapeutic approaches to schizoaffective disorder treatment. Cognitive therapy focuses on changing patterns of negative thinking and beliefs. The basis of cognitive therapy is that beliefs trigger thoughts, which then trigger feelings and produce behaviors. Cognitive therapy strategies include rational self-talk, reality testing, attention training, cognitive challenging and cognitive restructuring.
Because there is no “cure” for schizoaffective disorder, a large part of treatment is devoted to social skills training. Clients learn how to handle real-life situations by taking charge of their disease and more adeptly recognizing this disease's symptoms. This basically means learning to live in the world as it is, not as we may want it to be. Schizoaffective disorder often strikes highly intelligent individuals, who then greatly benefit from studying the physiology of the schizoaffective disorder -- i.e., understanding their own body’s responses. This can be a path to free themselves from the guilt or shame often attached to schizoaffective disorders.