Schizoaffective disorder is a severe mental illness that occurs when people suffer from a combination of mood disorder symptoms and schizophrenia symptoms. The effects that schizoaffective disorder has on the lives of those afflicted by it can be monumental, causing disturbances in their ability to function appropriately at work, at home, and in social settings. While schizoaffective disorder remains a somewhat misunderstood mental illness due to the complexity of its symptoms, with proper treatment, those symptoms can be managed and individuals who are struggling with the presence of this disorder can lead full and happy lives.
Shaker Clinic is a premier provider of psychiatric care for adults and seniors who are in need of assistance while facing emotional, cognitive, and/or behavioral concerns. Located in Shaker Heights, an eastern suburb of Ohio, Shaker Clinic has been successfully providing outpatient and community-based services for the past 12 years. With a strong emphasis placed on cultural sensitivity, our caring and compassionate staff is multilingual, allowing us to meet the needs of a vast population. With the goal of helping our clients maintain independence, avoid hospitalization, find relief from their symptoms, and maximize their overall quality of life, the staff at Shaker Clinic currently serves over 1,000 clients and provides approximately 120 in-home visits each day. Although we can serve younger adult clients at the discretion of our medical director, the typical patient population treated at Shaker Clinic consists of senior adults, aged 65 and over. By providing comprehensive diagnoses, treatments, and follow-up care, we will help you or your loved one return to daily life with improved coping skills, conflict resolution skills, and a heightened sense of self-worth. At Shaker Clinic, you can rest assured that you are in good hands.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Due to the nature of schizoaffective disorder and the convolution that surrounds it, recognizing its symptoms can be difficult. If you believe that your family member or loved one might be struggling with this illness, take note of the following signs that can be indicative of its presence:
- Lack of emotional expression
- Social isolation
- No longer participating in activities he or she used to enjoy
- No longer showing interest in things he or she was once interested in
- Disorganized or catatonic behaviors
- Disorganized speech or mutism
- Impaired social functioning
- Impaired occupational functioning
- Excessive anxiety
- Manic episodes
- Severe depression
As is demonstrated by this list, the signs which can be symptomatic of schizoaffective disorder are vast and vary greatly. As a result, if you feel concerned about your loved one, it is imperative that you keep track of the presence of any of these symptoms so that they can be thoroughly relayed to a mental health professional. The more thorough the symptomology is described, the more appropriate the diagnosis will be, the more beneficial the treatment received will be, and the more successful the outcomes of that treatment will be.
Why Consider Treatment at Shaker Clinic
If you are suffering from schizoaffective disorder, you may be feeling as though you have lost control over seemingly every aspect of your life. In addition to struggling with completing the tasks of everyday life, it can also be difficult to develop healthy interpersonal relationships and maintain occupational success. The struggles that you face each day can leave you feeling helpless to change and hopeless about what the future has in store for you. But life does not have to continue to be a constant battle; there is help available.
Receiving outpatient treatment for schizoaffective disorder can be beneficial in assisting individuals as they gain an understanding of their illness, learn coping skills to manage their symptoms, and develop the tools needed to obtain the positive quality of life that they deserve. The therapeutic interventions offered as part of outpatient treatment can also aid in helping to rebuild one’s self-confidence and sense of self-worth, which can greatly impact one’s ability to improve daily functioning. Additionally, as part of successfully treating schizoaffective disorder, psychotropic medication is often prescribed and through the care provided in outpatient treatment, such medications can be monitored by a psychiatrist on an ongoing basis in order to ensure its effectiveness and to make any changes that may be necessary.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Shaker Clinic, we are devoted to being an ever-improving care facility, consistently redefining the way that mental health care is delivered and received. Our mission is to set ourselves apart from our competitors by offering individualized, superior care that improves the quality of life for our patients, while also providing a reliable resource for the community. We will continue to be a leader in developing and maintaining distinct, effective mental health disease management through partnerships with physicians and other clinical professionals, as well as through the application of technology and, most importantly, through the extension of our services from our treatment center to the home. At Shaker Clinic, we are devoted to improving the lives of each and every person who entrusts us with his or her care.
Types of Treatment Offered at Shaker Clinic
The staff at Shaker Clinic strives to provide top-of-the-line, quality outpatient and in-home mental health services that are tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual that we treat. We recognize that each patient that we see has unique needs that must be explored and will be addressed throughout the development of one’s individualized service plan (ISP). The ISP is a written agreement between Shaker Clinic and the patient that describes, in detail, all of the services that will be provided. The implementation of the ISP allows for a collaborative process to occur between the patient and provider through the involvement of monitoring and evaluating goals, objectives, and interventions, while also showing the progress of treatment as issues are identified and treated. Additionally, the ISP assures continual communication between the patient and provider, while also encouraging each patient to take personal responsibility for obtaining his or her own treatment goals.
In order to provide the most comprehensive care available, Shaker Clinic offers the following services:
Mental health evaluation: In order to ensure that each and every need is addressed and met, a thorough clinical evaluation is provided for each patient in order to assess the individual’s needs, concerns, and present level of functioning. Based on the results of this evaluation, the appropriate services and treatment recommendations will be determined and presented to the patient. The recommendations will be based on the identification of the presenting problem, the evaluation of one’s mental status, and the formulation of a diagnostic impression.
Medication management: As part of our goal to guarantee the improved functioning of our patients, as well as to ensure the successful, consistent management and reduction of symptoms, we provide ongoing medication management to all patients who need it. This service provides psychiatric and medical interventions that are implemented in order to reduce, stabilize, and/or eliminate the symptoms that patients are plagued by as a result of their psychiatric struggles.
Behavioral health counseling and therapy: This component of treatment focuses on directly addressing the patient’s mental illness or emotional disturbance. These sessions primarily occur one-on-one between a patient and therapist, however, family members or guardians may be included when specified as part of the patient’s individualized service plan. These counseling services consist of a series of time-limited, structured sessions that work towards the attainment of mutually defined goals.
Community psychiatric supportive treatment (CPST): The intent of CPST is to provide specific, measurable, and individualized services to each patient. In order to do so, we focus specifically on our patients’ abilities to succeed in the community by assisting individuals in identifying and accessing needed services, guiding them as they show improvement in work functioning and family relationships, and aiding them as they integrate back into the community and become contributing members of society.
At Shaker Clinic, we take great strides to ensure that each and every patient is provided with thorough, intensive case management so as to guarantee that all needs are consistently and properly being met throughout the course of treatment. Our staff will work with you until your needs have been addressed, your concerns have subsided, your symptoms are managed, and your treatment goals have been met. We will collaborate with other agencies when your time with us is complete if a different type or level of care is needed. Additionally, we will make sure that, in cases where it is necessary, appropriate placement is set up following treatment completion (e.g. nursing home or group home placement). Whatever your continuing needs may be, the staff at Shaker Clinic will do everything in our power to make sure that you are comfortable with the next step in your journey.