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Ways To Get Self Help For Scizophrenia

Sep 5, 2008
Schizophrenia is a mental disorder in which a person usually finds himself unable to distinguish reality from illusions and suffers from fragmentations of thoughts, language disturbances, and other troubling symptoms. Schizophrenia usually occurs because of genetic factors. In some cases, very early damage to the developing fetus and some biochemical abnormalities in the brain can also trigger schizophrenia. It is mostly genetics and occurs during young adulthood.

Schizophrenia is not at all untreatable. Some people do recover and return to their normal lives. Unfortunately, some do not. Living with people with the disorder can sometimes be very difficult as people who suffer from schizophrenias tend to be devoid of emotion. This can be very frustrating to their loved ones. The key is to be patient and selfless.

Also, you have to realize that people who suffer from schizophrenia cannot stand getting pressurized or stressed as it may trigger their illnesses. Therefore, you need to make sure that you do not put any pressure on them. They should be loved and cared for. However, you should remember to not do everything for them. What is more important is that you should help them develop skills so that they can help themselves when you are not around.

If you want to cope with a family member who has schizophrenia disorder, you have to remember that you have to take care of your own needs also in addition to theirs. You should find healthy ways to deal with the challenges that may occur.

Below is a list of suggestions that may come in handy to cope when living with a person who suffers from schizophrenia.

1. Join a support group
Join family support groups can be an effective way to cope with your family's problem. It is difficult to care for people who suffer from schizophrenia, but you should not do it alone. In support groups, you can learn a thing or two from others who have similar experiences and share your problems in order to reduce the stress they cause you. You can get advice, share stories, help others and be helped in return.

2. Take some time to rest
Although you have the responsibility to take care of your family member who suffers from schizophrenia, it does not mean that you should not take some time off for yourself. You should schedule some time to do the things that you enjoy. Take a relaxing walk, visit an old friend, or take a long nap. Get a break from your routines so that you can always think positive and avoid burnout.

3. Always take a good care of yourself
Physical health is also needed to cope with schizophrenia. If you have a healthy mind and body, then you will find it less difficult to deal with problems. If you do not take a good care of yourself, you will only add the stress in your life. If you get sick, who will help your loved one? So, you should maintain your physical condition by getting enough sleep, maintaining a good diet and exercising regularly.

Self help to cope with people with schizophrenia is very important. You cannot help anyone if you cannot help yourself. Do not sacrifice yourself. You should always be able to stay healthy and keep a positive outlook in order to help your loved one. All you need to do is to control yourself and try to help yourself first so that you still have the ability to help others. Last but not least, no matter how bad the schizophrenia is, you need to remember that you are responsible for your family member and you should do your best to help him.
About the Author
Ronen David is the chairman of "Malam" (an Israeli organization supporting and representing those dealing with mental disabilities). He is the author of the "The Coping With Psychosis & Schizophrenia Self Help Handbook".
Visit his web site and learn Coping With Schizophrenia
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