Schizophrenia Support Colorado Springs CO

Local resource for Schizophrenia Support in Colorado Springs. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to Schizophrenia, mental health, treatment for schizophrenia, anti-psychosis medications, general practitioner, as well as advice and content on schizophrenia information and mental professionals.

Bruce Harry Peters, MD
(719) 630-1510
2301 E Pikes Peak Ave Ste 202
Colorado Springs, CO
Specialties
Neurology, Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1963
Hospital
Hospital: Memorial Hosp Of Colorado Spri, Colorado Spgs, Co; Penrose Hosp, Colorado Spgs, Co
Group Practice: Academic Neurology Clinic

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Jeffrey Hirsh Rinsky, MD
(719) 471-3995
90 S Cascade Ave
Colorado Springs, CO
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Cincinnati Coll Of Med, Cincinnati Oh 45267
Graduation Year: 1975

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David Udell Caster, MD
(719) 577-4774
219 E Saint Vrain St
Colorado Springs, CO
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: St Louis Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63104
Graduation Year: 1967

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John H Mahaffy, MD
(719) 630-8665
926 N Royer St
Colorado Spgs, CO
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Fred H Michel, MD
(719) 572-6151
220 Ruskin Dr
Colorado Spgs, CO
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med, Seattle Wa 98195
Graduation Year: 1988

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David Martin Elwonger, MD
(719) 442-0251
606 S Tejon St
Colorado Spgs, CO
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1971
Hospital
Hospital: Memorial Hosp Of Colorado Spri, Colorado Spgs, Co; Penrose-St Francis Healthcare, Colorado Spgs, Co

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Ralph Edward Everett, MD
(719) 577-9042
90 S Cascade Ave
Colorado Springs, CO
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Southern Ca Sch Of Med, Los Angeles Ca 90033
Graduation Year: 1977

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Scott Helm Mc Clure, MD
(719) 578-9149
90 S Cascade Ave Ste 810
Colorado Spgs, CO
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1979

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John Lawrence Fleming, MD
(719) 386-6500
606 S Tejon St
Colorado Spgs, CO
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med, Denver Co 80262
Graduation Year: 1975

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James Douglas Tulloch, MD
179 Parkside Dr
Colorado Spgs, CO
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Rochester Sch Of Med & Dentistry, Rochester Ny 14642
Graduation Year: 1963

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Straight Talk About Schizophrenia

Disorders - Schizophrenia
Written by Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration   

Contrary to the common misconception, schizophrenia does not mean "split or multiple personality." And, although people with schizophrenia often are portrayed as violent on television and in movies, that is seldom the case. Schizophrenia is one of the most disabling and puzzling mental disorders. Just as "cancer" refers to numerous related illnesses, many researchers now consider schizophrenia to be a group of mental disorders rather than a single illness.

How is schizophrenia developed?

Generally, schizophrenia begins in late adolescence or early adulthood. Research indicates a genetic link to the development of schizophrenia. A child who has one parent with schizophrenia, for example, has about a 10 percent chance of developing the illness, compared with a one percent chance if neither parent has schizophrenia. Current research implicates abnormalities in both the brain's structure and biochemical activities. Researchers also tend to agree that environmental influences may be involved in the onset of schizophrenia.

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Symptoms:

Psychotic, or "positive," symptoms include delusions (bizarre thoughts that have no basis in reality); hallucinations (hearing voices, seeing nonexistent things, and experiencing sensations, such as burning, that have no source); and disordered thinking (apparent from a person's fragmented, disconnected and sometimes nonsensical speech). Other "negative" symptoms include social withdrawal, extreme apathy, diminished motivation, and blunted emotional expression.

Formal Diagnosis:

Active symptoms of the illness (such as a psychotic episode) for at least two weeks, with other symptoms lasting six months.

Treatment:

People who have schizophrenia often require medication to control the most troubling symptoms. Antipsychotic medications help bring biochemical imbalances closer to normal. The newer drugs may also be effective for symptoms such as social withdrawal, extreme apathy, and blunted emotional expression. More such drugs are being developed.

Recovery:

After these symptoms are controlled, psychotherapy and self-help groups can assist people who have schizophrenia learn to develop social skills, cope with stress, identify early warning signs of relapse, and prolong periods of remission. In addition, support groups and family therapy can give loved ones a better understanding of the illness and help them provide the compassion and support that play an important role in recovery. The good news is that more many of those who have schizophrenia can work, live in the community or with their families, and enjoy friends if they receive continuous, appropriate treatment. According to the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, treatment of schizophrenia is successful in 60 percent of patients.

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What is Schizophrenia?

Disorders - Schizophrenia
Written by National Health & Medical Research Council of Australia   

Schizophrenia is a mental illness which affects one person in every hundred. Schizophrenia interferes with the mental functioning of a person and, in the long term, may cause changes to a person's personality.

First onset is usually in adolescence or early adulthood. It can develop in older people, but this is not nearly as common. Some people may experience only one or more brief episodes in their lives. For others, it may remain a recurrent or life-long condition. The onset of illness may be rapid, with acute symptoms developing over several weeks, or it may be slow, developing over months or even years.

During onset, the person often withdraws from others, gets depressed and anxious and develops extreme fears or obsessions.

What are the symptoms of schizophrenia?

Major symptoms of schizophrenia include:

  • Delusions - false beliefs of persecution, guilt or grandeur or being under outside control. People with schizophrenia may describe plots against them or think they have special powers and gifts. Sometimes they withdraw from people or hide to avoid imagined persecution.
  • Hallucinations - most commonly involving hearing voices. Other less common experiences can include seeing, feeling, tasting or smelling things which to the person are real but which are not actually there.
  • Thought disorder - where the speech may be difficult to follow; for example, jumping from one subject to another with no logical connection. Thoughts and speech may be jumbled and disjointed. The person may think someone is interfering with their mind.

Other symptoms of schizophrenia include:

  • Loss of drive - where often the ability to engage in everyday activities such as washing and cooking is lost. This lack of drive, initiative or motivation is part of the illness and is not laziness.
  • Blunted expression of emotions - where the ability to express emotion is greatly reduced and is often accompanied by a lack of response or an inappropriate response to external events such as happy or sad occasions.
  • Social withdrawal - this may be caused by a number of factors including the fear that someone is going to harm them, or a fear of interacting with others because of a loss of social skills.
  • Lack of insight or awareness of other conditions - because some experiences such as delusions and hallucinations are so real, it is common for people with schizophrenia to be unaware they are ill. For this and other reasons, such as medication side-effects, they may refuse to accept treatment which could be essential for their well-being.
  • Thinking difficulties - a person's concentration, memory, and ability to plan and organise may be affected, making it more difficult to reason, communicate, and complete daily tasks.

What causes schizophrenia?

No single cause has been identified, but several factors are believed to cont...

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What is Schizophrenia? - What treatment is available?

Disorders - Schizophrenia
Written by National Health & Medical Research Council of Australia   

What treatment is available?

The most effective treatment for schizophrenia involves medication, psychological counselling and help with managing its impact on everyday life.

The development of anti-psychosis medications has revolutionised the treatment of schizophrenia. Now, most people can leave hospital and live in the community. Not all people with schizophrenia have to go to hospital and care can be delivered in the community.

These medications work by correcting the chemical imbalance associated with the illness. New but well tested medications are emerging which promote a much more complete recovery with fewer side effects.

Schizophrenia is an illness, like many physical illnesses. For example, just as insulin is a lifeline for a person with diabetes, anti-psychosis medications are a lifeline for a person with schizophrenia. As with diabetes, some people will need to take medication indefinitely to prevent a relapse and keep symptoms under control.

Though there is no known cure for schizophrenia, regular contact with a doctor or psychiatrist and possibly a multidisciplinary team of mental health nurses, social workers, occupational therapists and psychologists can help a person with schizophrenia organise and do the important things in life.

Sometimes, specific therapies directed towards symptoms such as delusions may also be useful. Counselling and support can be helpful for problems with finances, accommodation, work, interaction with others and loneliness. Effective treatment can assist the person in leading a productive life.

Where to go for help

  • Your general practitioner.
  • Your school or university counsellor
  • Your community mental health centre.

For information on services, check the Community Help and Welfare Services and 24-hour emergency numbers in your local telephone directory.

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