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How to deal with schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a mental illness that, for the family of the victim, is hard to understand, accept, gauge and respond to. As a victim, dealing with schizophrenia is a herculean task, fraught with dangers, fears, stress and confusion. In brief, schizophrenia is a challenge that requires enormous amount of patience, self-control, faith and resilience from the family to help the victim cope and overcome the illness.

Seek professional counseling and medical help

Schizophrenia is an illness that cannot be cured overnight. The path to freedom from this enigmatic illness is long winding and time consuming. Therefore a medical or a professional help sought at the very onset of the illness will only reduce the frustration and pain that comes along with the cure. Instead of ignoring the signs and symptoms by making light of the sudden and abnormal behavioral changes in the victim, just to avoid social embarrassment, you will be better off accepting that there is a problem, a serious problem, and tough decisions need to be taken to get situation under control or at least refrain from spiraling out of control. Do not be averse of seeking medical help because Schizophrenia is not something that you can deal with all alone or with routine medicines.

Maintaining a proper routine life

It takes two to tango, they say. Schizophrenia is not an illness the patient can deal with all alone. In fact, a lot also depends upon the care and support of the victim’s family members, who need to take proper steps to ensure full recovery of the patient. If you are a near and dear one of the victim, keep a constant tab on the daily life of the patient. Make sure he or she follows a normal social and daily routine life, instead of a life of isolation and shame. Keep a strict watch on the victim’s everyday diet and exercise because these two things are vital in the recovery process. Take him or her with you on social visits. Proper sleep and stress management are also an absolute must. It would be nice if you could evolve a daily routine plan for the victim to follow and adhere to every day.

Self-care and group therapy programs

Besides medicines and your own efforts, it is also important to consider supportive therapy for the people suffering from Schizophrenia. Joining community social groups consisting of other Schizophrenics or groups that conduct therapy programs, teach self-care, behavioral techniques, money management and importance of medications will help the victim understand the illness better. They will be able to share their fears and concerns, learn social skills, and build relationships, which is extremely important to gain back their confidence and faith to fight the disease.

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