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Schizophrenia & Thought Disorders

Schizophrenia, one type of thought disorder, is a chronic, severe and disabling brain disorder that is caused by alterations in neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative brain function. The results affect many parts of your life.

You may experience a serious impairment in reality, have hallucinations or delusions, disorganized thinking and maladaptive behaviors. You may hear disturbing voices and worry that others are trying to harm you. You are unable to form logical and sequential thoughts and it is difficult for others to talk with you. You may have extreme difficulty taking care of yourself.

These symptoms lead to significant impairment in your social and occupational life.

Some people with schizophrenia and thought disorders also deal with mood and anxiety disorders, including depression as well as other mental health issues such as anxiety. If you experience a combination of symptoms of a thought disorder and a mood disorder, you may have schizoaffective disorder.

Schizophrenia typically appears during late adolescence or early adulthood. Children can also be diagnosed with schizophrenia but this is rare.

These illnesses are likely a combination of genetic and environmental causes. They impact 1.1 percent of the world’s population over age 18, including 2.2 million people in the U.S., according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

Schizophrenia and other thought disorders are among the top ten causes of disability in developed countries, according to the World Health Organization.

At Indiana University Health, we offer comprehensive services to individuals with thought disorders. Our psychiatrists, advanced practice nurses and psychotherapists treat children, adolescents, adults and geriatric patients so that we can help you with a lifetime of care and support. We are equipped to handle all levels of psychiatric care, including emergency situations. We offer our patients inpatient psychiatric care, outpatient treatment, and both individual and group therapy to maximize one’s level of functioning.

Partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs teach you coping skills and how to manage your medicines during the day, while you spend evenings at home. As you get better, you can access long-term community support groups and ongoing supportive care in combination with outpatient sessions at an IU Health office.

The psychotic disorders program at IU School of Medicine treats individuals with schizophrenia in every phase of the illness, with a focus on clinical care, research and personalized therapy designed to build relationships that support your recovery and prevent a relapse. It operates two sites:

The Prevention and Recovery Center for Early Psychosis (PARC) is a part of this program and is the only early psychosis clinic in Indiana. PARC specializes in treating individuals in the early stages of schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders.

The Indiana University Psychotic Disorders Clinic is focused on research and clinical trials.

In addition, our affiliation with IU School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry gives us access to the latest and most innovative research on psychotic disorder treatment options.

We know that schizophrenia or a thought process disorder is a serious illness.  Our healthcare professionals are experts in treating these disorders, and recovery is possible. You can function at various levels in society with the right treatments and therapies.

How We Can Help

How We Can Help

Schizophrenia & Thought Disorders Treatment Information

The best results for schizophrenia and thought disorder patients come from early intervention and adherence to a prescribed medicine regimen. At IU Health Behavioral Health our physicians, psychiatrists, advance practice nurses and therapists use a multidisciplinary approach that combines medicine with different psychological, social and behavioral therapies to help you reach your full potential.


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Schizophrenia & Thought Disorders Support Services

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