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Located in Orange County, AMFM is an industry leader in mental health services. Our understanding of Schizophrenia reaches beyond that of any other treatment center in Orange County – or our nation. Schizophrenia is a widespread disease that consists of faulty perceptions and, ultimately, severe emotional anguish if left untreated. 

Although Schizophrenia treatment can prove to be challenging, AMFM boasts the expertise necessary in fully serving those with this disease. Through a diverse treatment plan designed by our expert and compassionate staff working at AMFM, we’re able to help those with Schizophrenia reach a higher quality of life and peace of mind.


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Schizophrenia is a complex mental disease that can cause someone to feel extremely out of touch with reality. Its origins are thought to lie in imbalanced neurochemicals – specifically dopamine, serotonin, and glutamate-according to psychological experts. 

Schizophrenia can run in families and be passed down through generations. Schizophrenia usually does not appear in childhood, although there are some rare cases that exist of this occurring. Schizophrenia is seen more often in male patients, but many women have this mental disorder as well.

Be careful not to confuse Schizophrenia with Schizoaffective Disorder. Although they contain some similar symptoms, they are not the same illness and people shouldn’t use them synonymously.



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Schizophrenia is characterized by symptoms that are quite distressing to its sufferers. Some of these symptoms include:

  • Seeing, Hearing, And Smelling Things That Aren’t There (Hallucinations)
  • Fast or Jumbled Speech
  • Numbness And Lack of Emotion
  • Inflated or Grandiose Self-Worth and Self-Image
  • Paranoia
  • Delusions, or Systems of Belief Not Based in Reality

Dopamine, supposedly, is the brain chemical linked with the typical delusions and hallucinations of Schizophrenia. Having an overabundance of Dopamine has also been shown to contribute to Schizophrenia’s existence.


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Although the exact cause of Schizophrenia is still unknown, specific treatment modalities have been studied and confirmed to help diminish its symptoms. Through extensive and synchronized planning, our staff at AMFM provides a full, meticulous, and individualized course of treatment for each client that enters our program.

Many methods for Schizophrenia treatment exist, but we only choose the most effective ones at AMFM. Some of our treatments may include:

  • Medication stabilization
  • Implementation of prescription antipsychotic medications, which can help reduce delusions and hallucinations, and other psychotropic medications
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy (such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
  • Support groups encourage abstinence from drugs and alcohol, considering these can worsen the symptoms of Schizophrenia
  • A consistent and structured routine 
  • Stress Management, as stress can also be a trigger in Schizophrenic symptoms arising

Schizophrenia does not necessarily need to be a life sentence of struggles. Sometimes, recovery from Schizophrenia requires patience, compassion, and bravery. With the right treatment center, however, sustained and lasting recovery from Schizophrenia is possible. AMFM is here to walk with our clients on the path necessary to achieve an enduring recovery from Schizophrenia.