The complexity of schizophrenia may help explain why there are misconceptions about the disease. Most people with schizophrenia are not any more dangerous or violent than people in the general population. While limited mental health resources in the community may lead to homelessness and frequent hospitalizations, it is a misconception that people with schizophrenia end up homeless or living in hospitals. Most people with schizophrenia live with their family, in group homes or on their own.
Education about the disorder can help the person with schizophrenia understand the importance of sticking to the treatment plan. Education can help friends and family understand the disorder and be more compassionate with the person who has it.
Managing schizophrenia is an ongoing process. Keeping treatment goals in mind can help the person with schizophrenia stay motivated. Help your loved one remember to take responsibility for managing the disorder and working toward goals.
Using alcohol, nicotine or recreational drugs can make it difficult to treat schizophrenia. If your loved one is addicted, quitting can be a real challenge. Get advice from the health care team on how best to approach this issue.
These services may be able to assist with affordable housing, transportation and other daily activities.
The person with schizophrenia and loved ones may benefit from stress-reduction techniques such as meditation, yoga or tai chi.
Support groups for people with schizophrenia can help them reach out to others facing similar challenges. Support groups may also help family and friends cope.
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