Schizophrenia: Psychosis and Antipsychotic Medications

Schizophrenia: Psychosis and Antipsychotic Medications

Come to Patrick Beaver Memorial Library on Wednesday April 17, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. for two sessions about schizophrenia, a serious mental disorder that causes people to interpret reality abnormally. VayaHealth’s Geriatric and Adult Mental Health Specialty Team will teach us about schizophrenia and antipsychotic medications. People with schizophrenia experience delusions, disordered thinking, hallucinations, and disorganized behavior. Negative symptoms include being unable to function and care for themselves, loss of interest in activities and inability to experience pleasure.  The symptoms can be disabling and lifelong treatment is required.  

Antipsychotic medications are the cornerstone of treatment for schizophrenia. There are many medications that are available to manage the disease. Evidence-informed material and discussion will show the use, side effects and complications of antipsychotic medications. We will also discuss the importance of decreasing the use of antipsychotics and techniques consistent with safe medication administration. Treating schizophrenia includes a team of professionals such as psychiatrists, case managers, psychiatric nurses and social workers, and treatment must continue for the rest of the person’s life.

This training from VayaHealth is open to the public, but space is limited and registration is required. Participants will meet in the upstairs conference room. You may register online at http://hickorync.gov/content/library, click on Library Events and choose “Schizophrenia: Psychosis: Can This Be Real?” at 10:00 a.m., and “The Many Faces of Antipsychotic Medications” at 11:00 a.m. to hold your seat. You may also call 828-304-0500 ext. 7235 to register. Contact hours will be available at the end of the trainings.

Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 3rd St. NE on the SALT Block. Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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