A Brief Overview of Schizophrenia

As the president and chief executive officer of Aurora Behavioral Health Care and a member of the board of directors at the University of Southern California’s Davis School of Gerontology, Dr. Soon K. Kim focuses on treating individuals with chemical dependency and severe behavioral and mental health disorders. A few of the behavioral and mental health conditions Dr. Soon K. Kim treats include addiction, alcoholism, depression, and schizophrenia. Here is a brief overview of schizophrenia.

Question #1: What is schizophrenia?

Answer #1: Schizophrenia is a chronic condition where people have an abnormal interpretation of reality. Individuals with schizophrenia may suffer from delusions, hallucinations, unclear thinking, or a combination thereof, and usually require lifelong treatment.

Question #2: What are a few of the symptoms of schizophrenia?

Answer #2: The symptoms of schizophrenia are generally divided into three groups: cognitive, negative, and positive. Cognitive symptoms include issues with thought processes such as difficulty making sense of or retaining information. Negative symptoms include a lack of interest in everyday processes, lack of emotion, and lack of attention to personal hygiene while positive symptoms involve a misrepresentation or excess of normal activities.

Question #3: What is the most appropriate course of treatment?

Answer #3: Treatment options for schizophrenia include antipsychotic medications and support therapy. Relationship, job-training, and behavioral techniques are typically employed for individuals with schizophrenia to help them cope better in work-related or social settings.