Living With Schizophrenia | Intervenenow
Living With Schizophrenia
The patient must admit the fact that he is suffering from Schizophrenia. Usually, a Schizophrenic patient denies his suffering. He thinks that people are lying to him; this is because of the basic human tendency of refusal to things which prove one wrong. As the same time, Schizophrenia patients suffer from hallucinations which make it extremely challenging for him to differentiate between real life and illusion.
To handle this situation, families must lend their supporting hand to manage his medication taking and making sure he attends his psychotherapy session. The patient should also be sent for group therapy where he is made to realize that if he admits that he is suffering from the mental illness, it will make his life and others around him far easier.
- Knowledge about Schizophrenia
Knowledge about Schizophrenia is no doubt very important in order to cope with it. Patient with Schizophrenia will be in a better position to cope with the illness if they fully understand it. Family members will also be more understanding of the situation and response better to the patient. Hence, it is vastly important for the patient and family members to learn about the symptoms associated with Schizophrenia.
- Living independently in a safe neighborhood
A Schizophrenic patient whose family members refuse to take care of him either due to lack of understanding or lack of funds can possibly live in an independent setting depending on the severity of his condition. However, it is vital for him to take his medication and visit his psychotherapist on time. Whenever possible, neighbors can also help to show some care and concern to make sure he takes his medications.
- Living with Family or in a Hospital
It is advisable for a Schizophrenic patient to live with his family or in a hospital whenever possible. This is so that family members or medical professionals can keep track of the patient and make sure that he is taking his medications, attending group therapy sessions and meetings his psychotherapist on time. They can also keep track of the patient’s behavior and see if it has improved over time.
A Schizophrenia patient who gets enough love, care, and support from families are less likely to suffer from paranoid attack; it definitely makes it easier for him to live and cope with Schizophrenia.