mental health conditions

Persistant Mental Illness

Treating Persistent Mental Illness

If you suspect that you or someone you love has a persistent mental illness such as schizophrenia or a schizoaffective disorder, Adventist Health’s partial hospitalization and outpatient services can help.

A persistent mental illness or thought disorder is described as a pattern of disordered thinking. Common symptoms include disorganized thinking, hallucinations, delusions, false beliefs, paranoia and many others.

Many times, individuals dealing with these symptoms feel they are the only ones experiencing them and do not recognize them as treatable diseases. While in treatment, individuals are placed in a support group of others who are experiencing very similar symptoms. These groups help members recognize that the thoughts and sensations they are experiencing are, in fact, symptoms of a disease.

Our mental health professionals will teach program participants the coping skills that will help them manage their symptoms by building trusting relationships and gently confronting any distorted thoughts or false beliefs.

To determine if this program is right for you, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are you experiencing disorganized thinking, hallucinations, delusions, false beliefs or paranoia?
  • Do these symptoms affect your ability to relate with others or make it difficult to function?
  • Have the symptoms persisted despite treatment with an individual therapist and/or psychiatrist?

If you’ve answered yes to any of these symptoms, speak to a trained mental health professional at Adventist Health.

To learn more or to speak with one of our mental health professionals, call (323) 265-5035, ext. 2.