Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Shaker Clinic to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Shaker Clinic.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Signs & Symptoms of Schizophrenia

Everyone experiences schizophrenia differently. Understanding the signs, symptoms, and effects of schizophrenia is a key component of starting the recovery journey.

Understanding Schizophrenia

Learn about schizophrenia

One of the most serious mental health conditions that can be diagnosed in a person is schizophrenia. Characterized by the presence of symptoms that adversely affect how a person thinks and acts, this disorder can cause insurmountable disruption to a person’s life. The ability to think clearly, decipher between what is real and what is not, and appropriately expressing emotions are all compromised when this disorder is present. Furthermore, the symptoms associated with schizophrenia can cause a great deal of distress for a person such that delusions and hallucinations can cause intense feelings of fear, paranoia, and worry on an ongoing basis.

Neglecting to treat this condition can also bring about a number of consequences that can jeopardize a person’s livelihood and health. Substance abuse, self-harm, and engaging in other risky behaviors are common among those who do not seek treatment for schizophrenia. However, this mental health condition is very treatable and can help people afflicted by it learn to manage symptoms and lead healthy, functional lives. The combination of medications and therapeutic interventions have proven successful in restoring functioning and reducing the chances of a person experiencing the detrimental effects that can occur when grappling with schizophrenia.

Statistics

Schizophrenia statistics

Schizophrenia is a mental health condition that is believed to affect an estimated 24 million people worldwide. The World Health Organization determined that nearly half of those diagnosed with schizophrenia do not receive treatment for this severe mental health disorder. Lastly, it has been said that schizophrenia affects men and women equally and that every person has a 1% chance of eventually displaying signs and symptoms at some point in life.

Causes and Risk Factors

Causes and risk factors for schizophrenia

Genetics, physiological make up, environment, and other risk factors are believed to contribute to the development of schizophrenia. Listed are explanations that support this belief:

Genetics: Research has concluded that schizophrenia can be heritable. The reason for this conclusion is due to the fact that this mental health condition has been found to run in families. Furthermore, additional research has found that those with a family history of schizophrenia account for 10% of all people who meet criteria for a schizophrenia diagnosis.

Physical: Deficiencies in certain neurotransmitters are known to occur in those with schizophrenia. Dopamine and serotonin, chemicals in the brain that are responsible for regulating emotions, have been found in lower amounts in the brains of those with schizophrenia and could explain the manifestation of symptoms of this disorder. Additionally, neuroimaging studies have concluded that individuals suffering from schizophrenia exhibit structural changes in their brains as the ventricle lobes of these individuals are found to be enlarged.

Environmental: Certain environmental influences are known to trigger the onset of schizophrenia symptoms. Prenatal exposure to toxins and viruses, as well as poor nutrition while in utero, is known to increase the likelihood that a person will eventually display signs and symptoms of this mental disorder. Complications during childbirth are also believed to increase the risk as trauma to the brain can also contribute to the development of schizophrenia.

Risk Factors:  

  • Family history of schizophrenia or other mental health conditions
  • Preexisting or undiagnosed mental health condition or conditions
  • Prenatal exposure to toxins, viruses, or poor nutrition
  • Being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease
  • Using or abusing substances that alters one’s mood
  • Having a biological father who is of advanced age
Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of schizophrenia

Sufferers of schizophrenia exhibit signs and symptoms that are classified into three types of symptoms that could be present. Broken down into negative, positive, and cognitive symptoms, the following are signs and symptoms of this mental health condition:

Negative symptoms: These symptoms are ones that involve the absence of certain behaviors that would otherwise be present if an individual was not diagnosed with schizophrenia:

  • Poor personal hygiene
  • Isolation from others
  • Loss of speech
  • Declined interest in things that were once enjoyed
  • Catatonia
  • Lack of facial expression
  • Inability to concentrate

Positive symptoms: Thoughts, behaviors, and speech are affected when positive symptoms are present and include the following:

  • Illogical speech
  • Disorganized behaviors
  • Delusions
  • Hallucinations

Cognitive symptoms: Cognitive deficits are known to occur when an individual has schizophrenia. Examples of these deficits are:

  • Memory impairments
  • Extreme difficulty with retaining focus
  • Diminished executive functioning
Effects

Effects of schizophrenia

Depending on the severity of symptoms present, untreated schizophrenia can cause a great deal of devastation in a person’s life. The listed effects are known to occur when a person is not receiving care to reduce symptoms of this mental health condition:

  • Social withdrawal or isolation
  • Increased conflict with others
  • Unemployment
  • Poverty
  • Homelessness
  • Substance abuse, addiction, or dependence
  • Interaction with the legal system
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Self-injury
  • Suicide
Co-Occurring Disorders

Schizophrenia and co-occurring disorders

It is common for those who are diagnosed with schizophrenia to meet diagnostic criteria for another mental health condition. The following mental illnesses can occur alongside schizophrenia:

  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Specific phobias
  • Paranoid personality disorder
  • Schizotypal personality disorder
  • Substance use disorders