Your Role in Treatment.
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You can help
If your loved one has Schizophrenia, then it is both important and helpful for you to understand as much as possible about the condition. By staying informed and understanding Schizophrenia, you can serve as a source of support, help identify the onset of a relapse, and help your loved one get the most from his or her treatment plan.
Family members and friends can help a person with Schizophrenia reach treatment goals by recognizing the warning signs of a relapse and reminding the person to take his or her medication as prescribed. The involvement of family and friends can be as casual as calling regularly, or as involved as taking the person to appointments and helping with daily living.
Here are a few things family members and friends can do:
- Encourage the person to stick with the treatment plan. You can also encourage him or her to avoid harmful habits, like smoking or using alcohol or illegal street drugs.
- Learn the warning signs of a relapse. When you see them emerge, share your observations with your friend or loved one in a caring manner and suggest a call to a doctor.
- Caregivers may want to share responsibility with others. This can reduce the stress that caring for someone with Schizophrenia brings and can prevent emotional fatigue or resentment.
- Plan ahead. Take advantage of stable periods to make arrangements for the future. Discuss when to put plans into action; for example, if family members notice signs of a relapse it would be okay for them to contact the doctor.
- Take advantage of support groups. There are several resources available for families and friends of people with Schizophrenia. Find a resource center, an assistance program, or the branch of a national advocacy group near you.
Find support and resources for loved ones and learn more about Schizophrenia. View a list of Schizophrenia support and advocacy organizations.
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