Southstone Behavioral Health Hospital is Virginia’s leader in schizophrenia treatment for adolescents. We employ a team of professionals committed to providing clinically proven treatment that is customized to meet the unique needs of each teen who seeks our care.
Learn more about schizophrenia treatment at Southstone Behavioral Health in South Boston, VA
Schizophrenia is a mental health condition characterized by delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech, catatonic behavior, and/or a host of negative symptoms. Schizophrenia is a type of psychotic disorder, and its symptoms often impact the way an individual interprets the world around them. An individual with schizophrenia often has difficulty distinguishing fantasy from reality, as their daily sensory perceptions, such as sights, sounds, colors, and tastes, are frequently skewed. People with schizophrenia typically suffer from hallucinations and delusions, which blur reality and induce paranoia. Symptoms of schizophrenia may prevent individuals from organizing their thoughts, regulating their words, and expressing themselves. It may be frustrating to carry on a conversation with an individual who suffers from schizophrenia because their speech is at times disorganized and difficult to understand. At other times, individuals with schizophrenia may suffer from catatonia, or the inability to move.
Schizophrenia is diagnosable at all ages, but psychotic episodes typically occur between late teens and mid-30s. The onset of schizophrenia may occur abruptly, but most often, symptoms emerge gradually. Many individuals first experience depressive symptoms before reporting symptoms of schizophrenia. The onset of schizophrenia prior to adolescence is rare. The delusions that are characteristic of schizophrenia may be less vivid for children, but young ones with the disorder typically experience visual hallucinations. Such hallucinations in children and adolescents should not be confused with everyday fantasy play and imagination. Oftentimes, symptoms of schizophrenia can be distinguishable in adolescents by the way they impair cognitive development and induce behavioral changes. Adolescents who are diagnosed with schizophrenia likely exhibit emotional and behavioral disturbances and psychopathology, intellectual and language challenges, and subtle motor delays. Schizophrenia in adolescents typically prevents them from functioning at an age-appropriate level.
Through treatment at Southstone in South Boston, Virginia, your child can learn to manage symptoms of schizophrenia. The caring staff at Southstone is passionate about treating adolescents and providing them with proper care based on their individual needs. When you seek care for your child at Southstone, you will be helping them take the first important step in their recovery journey.
Why consider treatment for schizophrenia at Southstone Behavioral Health in South Boston, VA
Left untreated, symptoms of schizophrenia can have a devastating impact on your child’s life. Schizophrenia greatly impairs everyday functioning, as adolescents who suffer from the disorder may experience rapid mood swings, disorganized behavior, disturbing hallucinations, and catatonia. Symptoms of schizophrenia can prove severely disruptive to an adolescent’s everyday life and responsibilities, such as homework, chores, and extracurricular activities.
Schizophrenia can also disturb fundamental cognitive functions and delay emotional development. Hallucinations may prevent your child from focusing in school, disturb their ability to process information, and impair their ability to interpret reality accurately. Disorganized speech, unusual motor behaviors, and catatonic episodes can disrupt your child and their classmates during school. These symptoms, among others, can lead to academic failure, strained friendships, and social isolation. If further left untreated, symptoms of schizophrenia can challenge your child’s ability to form relationships, get and keep a job, and maintain financial stability. Adolescents who fail to receive treatment for schizophrenia are at further risk for substance use, self-harm, and/or thoughts of suicide.
Yet with proper care, young people who are struggling with schizophrenia can experience significant improvements to their health and well-being. During residential treatment at Southstone, adolescents ages 11-17 can learn to manage symptoms of schizophrenia as they acquire critical treatment tools and embrace helpful coping skills.
Southstone, located in South Boston, Virginia, is a peaceful safe haven for young people who are suffering from schizophrenia. Quietly situated on 220 acres of rural land, Southstone is the perfect location for adolescents with schizophrenia to experience transformative recovery in a tranquil setting. At Southstone, we provide a safe and effective environment for young people to receive the quality of care they deserve.
Upon beginning treatment with us, each guest at Southstone is assigned a multidisciplinary team of mental health professionals, known as a treatment team. Your child’s treatment team will create a customizable treatment plan, a detailed plan of care regarding their stay at Southstone. Your child’s treatment plan will contain specific details on how they can best benefit from their time with us, including possible objectives for their recovery and a list of therapeutic modalities that may be implemented in sessions.
Types of schizophrenia treatment offered at Southstone Behavioral Health in South Boston, VA
At Southstone in South Boston, Virginia, we utilize a number of different treatment services and therapeutic techniques. Depending on the needs of your child, their treatment plan may include some of the following elements:
- Diagnostic screenings and evaluations
- Group therapy
- Family therapy
- Individual therapy
- Medication management services
- Special education
- Vocational education
- Speech-language services
- Recreational activities
- Occupational therapy
- Community-based activities
- Physical therapy
If you have any questions about any of the services we offer at Southstone, feel free to contact us at your convenience. A member of our team is available 24/7 to provide you with more information.
Continuing care and levels of treatment for schizophrenia
At Southstone, we know that recovery from schizophrenia can be an arduous journey, so we do our best to assist in the process. We equip the adolescents and teens entrusted to our care with transferrable treatment tools so that they can continue their recovery at home. To prepare our guests to maintain the skills they learned during their time with us, we develop a thorough discharge plan for each person who stays at Southstone. Similar to their treatment plan, your child’s discharge plan is created by their treatment team and is subject to revision based upon their changing needs and goals. We personalize the discharge process to set your adolescent up for success when it is time for them to leave our campus. Your child’s discharge plan will contain specific details on how best to take the coping skills they acquire during treatment and apply them after they leave our care. We hope that the tools they learn at Southstone will aid them not only in combating thoughts that are destructive to their recovery, but also in embracing behaviors that further support their ability to live an independent lifestyle.
An adolescent’s discharge plan may also feature a list of step-down support services, such as mental healthcare contacts and referrals. Some of the elements in your child’s discharge plan may include in-home therapy, ongoing medication management services, or traditional outpatient therapy. Southstone maintains contacts throughout the area to match our departing guests with the best resources possible. We also remain in contact with each adolescent and their family for the subsequent six months after their departure, ensuring the stability and success of their discharge plan.
If you believe that your child may be suffering from schizophrenia and could benefit from residential treatment on our campus, call Southstone today.