Schizophrenia

Living with Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia Symptoms

Schizophrenia is a mental health disorder which can be characterised by a breakdown in thinking and poor emotional responses. Common symptoms include delusions, such as paranoia, hearing voices or noises that are not there, disorganised thinking and a lack of motivation. Schizophrenia can cause a person to experience significant social and work problems. Symptoms often begin in young adulthood.

How can Kate Meads Associates help?

Assessments

If you are experiencing symptoms of schizophrenia, you may be finding it difficult to achieve things in your life that are important to you. This is not unusual and our highly skilled, yet sensitive, occupational therapists will want to hear about your life and what makes things difficult for you - for example structuring your day if you are not in work, increasing concentration or managing your symptoms.

During the assessment, your occupational therapist will have a detailed but sensitive conversation with you focusing on both your strengths and the areas in which are experiencing problems. To assist this process, they may ask you to complete a brief screening tool or a more comprehensive formal assessment, including symptoms and risk, depending on your particular need. In our experience, we find it helpful to meet and talk with key people in your life, such as family members and employers particularly if you are working or wish to return to work.

As our focus at Kate Meads Associates is on helping you improve what you are able to do each day, our assessment will pay particular attention to your daily routine, including the roles you have i.e. as a parent, student or employee. This will enable us to understand the impact your symptoms are having on your life and work with you to identify realistic and achievable goals to increase your functional performance and your overall quality of life.

Reports

Kate Meads Associates will produce a detailed, yet accessible report of your assessment which will provide an integrated summary with particular emphasis on your perspective balanced with the viewpoint of others to identify achievable goals. Your occupational therapist will make recommendations to help you fulfil your roles, responsibilities and routines in a way that builds on and facilitates success. We aim to get the report back to you within 10 working days of the assessment.

Therapies and treatment of Schizophrenia

Kate Meads Associates’ occupational therapists are highly trained and experienced. They are passionate about providing evidence-based interventions to improve your functional performance. Each treatment plan will be individual, underpinned by occupational therapy philosophy, taking a person-centred and strengths based approach. Our ultimate aim is to help you achieve your goals, improve your functional performance and work towards a personally defined recovery.

Your occupational therapist will work with you to establish treatment goals, dependant on your particular area of need and then use a variety of techniques with you in order to help you regain control of your life. These may include ways to:-

  • Manage and gain control over your symptoms
  • Build your confidence and / or reduce your anxiety in a variety of situations
  • Establish a daily routine, including a reasonable sleeping pattern
  • Explore hobbies and interests
  • Increase skills and confidence in activities of daily living
  • Access voluntary work or paid employment

Do you have difficulty…

  • Motivating yourself?
  • Focusing on day to day activities?
  • Achieving goals or actions?

If so, please contact one of our occupational therapists on 01264 326308 for a free “no obligation” telephone consultation to discuss your needs and find out how we may help.

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  • Vocational Rehabilitation Association
  • International Disability Management Standards Council
  • Health & Care Professions Council
  • Health & Care Professions Council
  • British Association of Brain University Case Managers
  • British Association of Brain University Case Managers