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Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that can affect how you think, feel, and behave. It’s not something you can catch like a cold or the flu. You’re born with it or develop it early on in life as your brain is still developing. Schizophrenia runs in families and affects about 1 percent of Americans at some point in their lives. If you have schizophrenia, you might hear voices or see things that aren’t there (hallucinations). You may act differently than other people do (lack of empathy or expressionless facial features) or believe things that aren’t true (delusions). Consultation with psychiatrist in necessary for proper management

Avoid Self-Medication

Self-medicating is a coping mechanism that can help you cope with the symptoms of schizophrenia. It can be harmful, however, if you’re not careful. If you think someone in your life self-medicates to cope with their schizophrenia, here are some things to remember:

  • Self-medication makes it more difficult for someone with a mental illness to get better and get back into the game of life. They might say they don’t want help because they feel like their medication makes them feel better (in which case they may also be abusing drugs or alcohol).
  • Self-medication can lead people with mental illnesses down an unhealthy path toward substance abuse and addiction.


The first step toward helping your loved one is recognizing how self-absorption can affect their ability to manage their illness. Self-absorption is a common symptom of schizophrenia that can lead to isolation and make it harder for your loved one to get the help they need. It can also impact their ability to follow a treatment plan, take medication, or maintain relationships.

Self-absorption manifests in different ways depending on the individual and their symptoms. For instance:

  • A man with trouble focusing at work might develop an interest in his employee ID card that he carries around with him wherever he goes (this can be seen as a metaphor for his inability to ever let go of anything).
  • A woman who suffers from hallucinations may become obsessed with her cat’s furball collection, believing it has symbolic value (for example, if she says these things are like “silver linings” then you know exactly what she means by “silver linings”).

Too Many Minds Thinking at Once

Schizophrenia can cause a person to have several different personalities, called dissociation. It is a coping mechanism that allows the person to escape from their reality and find comfort in another identity. This is not something that you should encourage them to do; instead, it’s a sign that they need help and treatment for schizophrenia.

Too Many Minds Thinking at Once

If your loved one has schizophrenia, they may feel like they have multiple minds inside of them—or even that there are other people living in their body too. This feeling can be very stressful for both the individual with schizophrenia as well as those around them who love and care about them. If someone close to you tells you about these symptoms, don’t brush it off as nonsense or say “it will pass” because this will only make matters worse over time!

Demoralizing Withdrawal

If a loved one with schizophrenia stops taking their medication, it can be a sign of withdrawal. Withdrawal can also be an indicator that they have relapsed or are experiencing other problems.

Withdrawal can be dangerous and lead to hospitalization or death.

Improve Your Medication Regimen & Take It Seriously

Medication is the cornerstone of treatment for schizophrenia. It’s not a cure, but it can help to manage symptoms and reduce the severity of symptoms. In addition to treatment with medication, your loved one may need therapy or other types of support services.

There are several different medications that are used to treat schizophrenia: antipsychotic medications; mood stabilizers; antidepressants and atypical antipsychotics (these work differently than typical antipsychotics). A doctor will determine which drugs are best for each person based on how severe their symptoms were at the beginning of treatment, how well they respond to medication, their personal preferences, possible side effects and other factors.

The goal is to get your loved one on an optimal regimen that helps him or her function as well as possible within daily life until symptoms begin to improve naturally over time (which can take months or years).

Take things slowly

Remember that taking things slowly is key. You can’t expect your loved one to bounce back immediately, especially if you’re used to seeing them at work or school every day. It’s also important not to be discouraged if they don’t make progress right away—they may need more time than others do.

It’s important to communicate with their doctors so they know how your loved ones are doing, and you should help them get to their appointments on time when possible.

Make sure they take their medications every day, and give them reminders when needed (for example: “John, it’s 10:30am—time for your meds!”).

Set small and achievable goals

If your loved one has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, it’s important to set goals for them and help them achieve these goals. You can do this by focusing on one thing at a time and by making sure that the goals are achievable.

Start with small, short-term goals first: these will be easier to achieve than larger long-term ones. Once those small goals have been reached, work towards larger long-term ones like getting a part time job or volunteering somewhere. Make sure you set realistic time frames for achieving these goals; if your loved one is struggling with symptoms of schizophrenia (such as hallucinations or delusions), they may be unable to meet certain timeframes no matter how much support they get from others.”

It’s also important not to get discouraged if your loved one doesn’t meet their goal immediately; maybe they just need more practice with doing things without having an episode before they can reach their goal!

Help them in their decision making

Once your loved one agrees to mental health treatment, help them make decisions about their medication. Schizophrenia can be controlled by medication. They will need to take a different drug for each symptom of schizophrenia: hallucinations, delusions and disorganized speech.

The doctor will decide which drugs to prescribe based on tests that measure the level of dopamine in the brain (low dopamine is associated with schizophrenia). The doctor will also want to know if your loved one is taking any other drugs or alcohol, what they ate earlier today, whether they have been getting enough sleep or exercise recently, how often they go out into public places like grocery stores and restaurants and what kinds of relationships they have with friends and family members.

In addition to taking multiple medications every day for several years at a time, some people may need surgery on their brains or spinal cord in order battle symptoms like hearing voices or delusion thinking (see “Brain Surgery”). These therapies are expensive so you will want to find ways for your loved one pay for those costs through insurance coverage from work benefits but also through charity programs such as Medicaid Health Insurance Program (HIP).

Help them manage their medications

Medication is a critical component of treatment for schizophrenia, and it can be very effective in controlling symptoms. But medication must be taken regularly—and you should help your loved one keep track of their medications by setting up a reminder system.

It’s also important to monitor side effects and interactions between medications, because these can have serious consequences if they aren’t detected early enough. For example, one drug may cause drowsiness while another causes insomnia; taking both at the same time could lead to dangerous consequences like falling asleep while driving or cooking food over an open flame (which is why you always need to read the label).

Make sure they follow a nutritious diet

It’s important to ensure your loved one is following a healthy diet. This means avoiding junk food and processed food, as well as focusing on eating foods that are high in fiber and low in fat. Eating whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes (beans), nuts, seeds and lean meats can help prevent heart disease and diabetes—two common health conditions associated with schizophrenia. Also make sure they are getting enough calcium by consuming milk or yogurt daily throughout the day.

If you’re not sure whether your loved one already has these issues (they may be afraid to tell you about them), ask their doctor for advice. Experts recommend at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day; two servings from each of the four major food groups (grains or breads; dairy products; meat/meat substitutes like tofu or beans; fish); two tablespoons of unsalted nuts or seeds per day as part of a balanced diet plan for people living with schizophrenia.

Encourage them to get involved in activities or hobbies

While you can’t force your loved one to get back into the game, there is a lot you can do to encourage them. We know that getting involved in activities or hobbies helps break up the monotony of daily life, which is often one of the biggest triggers for relapse. It can also be a good way of meeting people, staying connected with your community and learning new skills. All these things help improve self-esteem, which is crucial when recovering from schizophrenia because it makes you feel better about yourself – something that will help keep your loved one motivated. And as an added bonus: it keeps boredom at bay!

Here are 6 ways of helping your loved one with schizophrenia start over.

If you’re the caregiver of a loved one with schizophrenia, it’s important to know that these patients can and do recover. They are not destined for a life of limitations and despair. Here are six ways to help your loved one with schizophrenia start over:

  • Set small and achievable goals.
  • Improve your medication regimen and take it seriously.
  • Take things slowly; don’t overwhelm them or force them into anything uncomfortable too soon (see below).
  • Make sure they follow a nutritious diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids from fish or flaxseed oil (1).
  • Encourage them to get involved in activities or hobbies that interest them if possible; this will help build self-esteem, confidence, motivation and even physical energy levels over time! It may also be helpful for caregivers who want some relief from caregiving duties themselves so they can recharge their batteries without feeling guilty about neglecting their own lives while doing so.”


If you’re a caregiver, it can be hard not to feel frustrated when your loved one isn’t participating fully in life. But there are other ways to think about helping them get back into the game with schizophrenia. While it may take some time before they’re ready to return to work or school full time (if they ever are), there are many things you can do now to help them get back on track and rebuild their lives as much as possible.

Take care of yourself first. Don’t forget that this is an ongoing process for both of you, so make sure you’re taking care of yourself too! The best way for caregivers to keep up their own mental health is through self-care rituals and activities like meditation or exercise that enhance our well-being at the end of a stressful day—and hopefully make us feel more prepared for tomorrow’s challenges ahead.”

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