Schizophrenia

Psychiatric Condition

Schizophrenia

Realising that someone close to you might be experiencing symptoms of schizophrenia can be challenging. You may observe certain changes in their behaviour and mood, such as:

If you recognise these signs in a loved one, it’s crucial to seek professional assistance. We provide empathetic support and tailored treatment approaches to assist individuals in managing schizophrenia and enhancing their overall well-being.

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What is Schizophrenia?

As a type of psychotic disorder, Schizophrenia is a complex mental health condition that can profoundly impact an individual’s thoughts, emotions, and behaviours. A person suffering from psychosis experiences a disconnect from reality, leading to hallucinations, delusions, and difficulty distinguishing between what is real and what is not.

These symptoms can be distressing and disruptive, making it challenging for individuals to navigate daily life. However, with understanding, support, and appropriate treatment, those affected by schizophrenia can find ways to manage their symptoms and lead fulfilling lives.

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Symptoms of Schizophrenia

Many individuals with schizophrenia experience a range of symptoms that can affect their thoughts, emotions, and behaviours, including:

Hearing, seeing, or feeling things that aren't actually there

Holding false beliefs despite evidence to the contrary

Difficulty organising thoughts or connecting ideas logically

Speaking in a way that is difficult to understand or lacks coherence

Decreased motivation, reduced emotional expression, and social withdrawal

Problems with memory, attention, and executive function

Agitation, restlessness, or other abnormal movements

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Causes of Schizophrenia

The causes of schizophrenia are often influenced by a combination of genetic predisposition and environmental triggers. Risk factors include:

Family history

Having a family member with schizophrenia increases the risk of developing the disorder.

Structural abnormalities of the brain

Abnormalities or damages in brain structure or function may contribute to the onset of schizophrenia.

Infections, stress, or malnutrition during pregnancy

Experiencing these factors during pregnancy may increase the risk of schizophrenia in offspring.

Birth complications

Complications during birth, such as oxygen deprivation, may play a role in the development of schizophrenia.

Substance abuse

Substance abuse, particularly during childhood or adolescence, can increase the risk of developing schizophrenia.

Stressful life events or childhood adversity

Experiencing trauma or adversity during childhood may contribute to the onset of schizophrenia later in life.

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How to Support A Loved One With Schizophrenia

Supporting a loved one with schizophrenia requires compassion and understanding. Here are three key ways you can provide support:

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When To Get Help For Schizophrenia

Recognising when to seek help for schizophrenia is essential, as the symptoms and changes in behaviour can be challenging for both individuals and their caregivers. Families often face stigma and discrimination, adding to the burden. 

If you notice persistent symptoms interfering with daily life, such as hallucinations, delusions, or disorganised thinking, it’s crucial to encourage your loved one to seek professional support. Early intervention can significantly improve outcomes and quality of life, offering hope and support for a brighter future.

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Schizophrenia Treatment Options with Dr SH Wong

Our aim in treating schizophrenia is to help your loved one manage symptoms, enhance their coping skills, prevent relapses, and ultimately improve their quality of life.

Medication

Prescribed medication can offer relief from distressing symptoms and help manage them more effectively.

Medication

Prescribed medication can offer relief from distressing symptoms and help manage them more effectively.

Therapy

We provide a safe space to explore thoughts and emotions, equipping patients with coping strategies and support to navigate challenges faced by the affected.

Therapy

We provide a safe space to explore thoughts and emotions, equipping patients with coping strategies and support to navigate challenges faced by the affected.

Hospitalisation

Patients with severe symptoms can receive round-the-clock care to stabilise acute symptoms and ensure safety and well-being.

Hospitalisation

Patients with severe symptoms can receive round-the-clock care to stabilise acute symptoms and ensure safety and well-being.
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Your Guided Journey with Dr SH Wong

  • Make an Appointment

    Our staff will assist you with making your first appointment with Dr Wong.

  • First Session

    We'll guide you through medical tests and take the time to understand your medical and personal history during a relaxed discussion with Dr Wong.

  • Follow-up Sessions

    We'll focus on understanding your lifestyle factors, engaging in therapeutic conversations, and discussing any necessary medication to support your journey.

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Dr SH Wong: Psychiatrist for Schizophrenia Therapy in Singapore

Dr. Wong Sheau Hwa brings over two decades of experience as a compassionate Senior Consultant Psychiatrist. Recognised for his empathetic approach, he has dedicated himself to providing comprehensive psychiatric care to his patients. Dr. Wong’s commitment to patient well-being is evident in his unwavering dedication to understanding and addressing their unique needs, empowering them to lead fulfilling lives.

FAQs

Questions You May Have

Schizophrenia is a chronic mental health disorder that often requires lifelong management. While there isn't a cure for schizophrenia, treatment and support can significantly improve symptoms and quality of life for individuals living with the condition.

During a psychotic episode, offer reassurance, speak calmly, and redirect focus to a calming activity. Providing a sense of safety and support can help alleviate distress.

Approach someone experiencing schizophrenia with kindness, empathy, and patience. Listen actively, validate their feelings, and offer support without judgement. Keep communication simple, clear, and respectful, and be attentive to signs of distress.

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