What is Schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness in which an individual loses touch with reality and don’t know which thoughts and experiences are true and real and which is not. It affects person’s way of thinking, feeling and behaviour. Someone with schizophrenia can find it difficult to distinguish real & imaginary. This illness is not as common as other mental health conditions. People develop this illness in their late adolescence and early adulthood. According to NIMH the prevalence rate for schizophrenia is approximately 1.1% of the population over the age of 18.

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WHAT CAN FAMILY AND FRIENDS CAN DO TO HELP AN INDIVIDUAL WITH SCHIZOPHRENIA?

Learn more about Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a mental illness that is hard to understand. So, psycho education helps you to be better prepared to deal with the illness.

Consider Professional Help at Earliest

Early intervention makes a difference in the course of schizophrenia, so seek advice and information from health care professionals involved in your loved ones’ care.

Set Realistic Goals

Be realistic about the challenges of schizophrenia. Help your loved one set and achieve manageable goals, and follow the treatment plan. It is necessary to be patient with the pace of recovery.

Focus on Feelings

You might feel unsure what to say or do when your loved ones’ see or believes something you don’t – but it’s important to remember that their experiences feel real to them. Thus, focus on how they are feeling, rather than talking about what is real.

Empower Your Loved Ones

Be mindful that you are not doing things for your loved ones that they are capable of doing. Support your loved one while still encouraging as much independence and self-help as possible.

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