Schizophrenia Specialist

Agdel Hernandez Colon, MD

Psychiatrist located in Downtown Manhattan, New York, NY

Schizophrenia causes severe symptoms that make you lose touch with reality. Whether you have hallucinations, delusions, or disorganized speech, your symptoms can be controlled with ongoing treatment. Dr. Agdel Hernandez Colon has helped many patients struggling with schizophrenia, working with each one to find the treatment that’s best for them and to provide ongoing support. To learn more about your treatment options, call the office in New York City’s Financial District, or book an appointment online.

Schizophrenia Q & A

What is schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is a neurological disorder that usually occurs between your late teens and early 30s. It significantly affects the way you think and distorts your perceptions, which negatively influences the way you interact and communicate with people.

Experts believe that schizophrenia develops from the complex interaction of genes, an abnormal brain structure, an imbalance in neurotransmitters, and environmental triggers. Its exact cause, however, remains under investigation.

What are the symptoms of schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is well-known for causing psychosis, which means you lose touch with reality. Its symptoms include:

Delusions

You have a delusion when you firmly believe in something that’s not true. For example, you could believe someone is conspiring against you, that you’re a famous actor, or that outside forces are controlling you.

Hallucinations

Hallucinations occur when you smell, see, feel, taste, or hear something that doesn’t exist. Many patients hear voices that no one else can hear.

Disorganized speech

Patients with schizophrenia frequently develop disorganized speech due to their unusual thought processes. They may quickly go from one topic to another, repeat what the other person said, or talk with someone who’s not there. You may also find that your words are jumbled, rambling, and don’t make sense.

Disorganized or catatonic behavior

Disorganized behavior occurs when you perform repetitive or senseless movements. When you’re catatonic, you stay in the same position without speaking.

Negative symptoms

This group of symptoms includes the absence of emotion, losing interest in things you enjoy, and a lack of purposeful activity. Negative symptoms cause such lethargy that you may stop going to work or keeping up with personal hygiene.

How is schizophrenia treated?

Medication forms the foundation of schizophrenia treatment. Antipsychotics help manage symptoms such as hallucinations, delusions, and disordered thoughts by altering chemicals in your brain.

Some patients may be able to get long-acting injectable antipsychotics. In this form, you may need an injection every few weeks or every three months, depending on the medication, but at least you won’t need to worry about taking daily pills.

Dr. Hernandez Colon also offers psychotherapy to help you learn ways to deal with the daily challenges of schizophrenia. Combining medication with talk therapy achieves the best long-term results and makes you less likely to relapse or need hospitalization.

Ongoing schizophrenia treatment delivers symptom relief and helps you engage in life. When you need help, call Dr. Hernandez Colon or book an appointment online.