Schizophrenia and Psychosis
The Schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders affects the way a person thinks, acts, expresses emotions, perceives reality, and relates to others. They are defined by abnormalities in one or more of the following five domains: delusions, hallucinations, disordered thinking (speech), grossly disorganised or abnormal motor behaviour (including catatonia) and negative symptoms (diminished emotional expression, lack of pleasure).
Severity changes from person to person, some people have only one psychotic episode, while others have many episodes during a lifetime but lead relatively normal lives in between. Still others may have more trouble functioning over time, with little improvement between full-blown psychotic episodes. Symptoms seem to worsen and improve in cycles known as relapses and remissions.
Both psychopharmacological and psychosocial interventions are recommended as evidence based treatments for those with the Schizophrenia spectrum disorders. In line with this, The Living Well Day Program, Positive Psychology Day Program, Diversional Therapy Day Program and Moving Towards Wellness Day Program are suitable programs for ongoing support.