Make a Positive Change With Help for Schizophrenia at Miami Hypnosis & Therapy

Schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. Management of schizophrenia as well as helping someone with schizophrenia can be difficult to navigate alone. Schizophrenia can distort thoughts, resulting in changes in emotions and irrational behavior. Others may perceive a person with schizophrenia as having lost touch with reality. 

The exact cause of schizophrenia is unknown, but some people may be more prone. A stressful or emotional event may trigger a psychotic episode such as a death, divorce, or abuse, which could be physical, sexual, or emotional.

Signs and Symptoms of Schizophrenia

Finding help for schizophrenia is imperative to prevent the symptoms from worsening. Symptoms usually start between the ages of 16-30:

  • Hallucinations
      • Seeing or hearing things that do not exist, and the most common is hearing voices;
  • Delusions
      • False beliefs that are not based on reality;
  • Disorganized or abnormal behavior
      • This behavior could range from childlike actions to unpredictable agitation
  • Disorganized or abnormal thinking and speech
      • Communication can be impaired, causing partial or completely unrelated responses to occur;
  • Lack of emotions
    • This emotionless response could include speaking in a monotone voice or not changing facial expressions.

Getting help for schizophrenia or helping someone with schizophrenia can be achieved with therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), both of which deal directly with thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

Management of Schizophrenia

Treating schizophrenia may include therapies such as CBT and NLP. Both forms of treatment should be done consistently on an on-going basis as part of an ongoing management plan for the client.

CBT for Schizophrenia

  • CBT provides behavioral coping skills that are learned through ongoing one-on-one therapy sessions.
  • CBT helps to uncover the root cause of the schizophrenic episodes as well as their triggers.
  • CBT offers help for schizophrenia by teaching the client coping strategies for dealing with symptoms such as delusions and hallucinations.

NLP for Schizophrenia

  • NLP is not hypnotherapy but rather a conscious use of language to help a person change their thoughts and behaviors.
  • NLP is founded on the idea that people operate from internal "maps" of the world that they have learned through their sensory experiences.
  • NLP uses behavioral, perceptual, and communication techniques to help change thoughts and actions.
  • NLP helps the person learn new behaviors to override prior ones that have been acquired over time, which can then imprint on the mind in helping to develop new patterns of thoughts.

Frequently Asked Questions about Help for Schizophrenia

Therapy is just one part of the ongoing management of this condition. It goes hand-in-hand with treatment by a psychiatrist or other medical professional but does not replace medication. At Miami Hypnosis and Therapy, we utilize an integrative approach to therapy that involves a variety of counseling techniques but do not offer psychiatric care for our clients.

Therapy provides support to family members and loved ones of those living with mental health conditions. It’s never easy to watch someone you care about need help for schizophrenia, and family therapy as well as individual psychotherapy can help you navigate the highs and lows of these complicated relationship dynamics.

Hypnotherapy has been proven to help with the management of schizophrenia, but everyone is different. Treating schizophrenia requires a tailored balance of medication and psychotherapy. Many schizophrenic episodes begin with a trigger, and hypnotherapy can be used to treat negative thoughts that lead to those triggers. However, with the risk of deeper states of psychosis from severe schizophrenic episodes, hypnotherapy for schizophrenia is not for everyone. Schedule a consultation to learn more about help for schizophrenia.

It’s most important to encourage a loved one with schizophrenia to seek treatment if they are not already. Otherwise, helping them stay on track with their treatment, such as taking them to therapy sessions or ensuring they take their medication, is beneficial. You can offer support with small goals, make a crisis plan, educate yourself, and listen and empathize with your loved one. Staying in their life to protect them from feeling isolated is especially helpful for those with schizophrenia.

At Miami Hypnosis and Therapy, finding help for schizophrenia can be achieved with the inclusion of both CBT and NLP. By considering both forms of therapy, not only will the person ailing from schizophrenia find relief but so will their loved ones. Contact us today and take that first step to transform your life.

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