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Accepting the Schizophrenia Disorder

Sep 9, 2008
The diagnosis of schizophrenia disorder can be devastating to both those affected and those closest to them. There is no cure for schizophrenia instead the focus is on making the symptoms better. The fear of being judged causes those with schizophrenia to try and hide the disease from those close to them. Accepting the schizophrenia disorder is one of the hardest things for those that have been diagnosed with it to do.

The life of someone with schizophrenia disorder is hectic for them. They experience fear and confusion on a regular basis; until the time they received the diagnosis they had no idea what was causing them to do the things that they were doing.

Those that suffer from schizophrenia disorder will exhibit odd behavior from time to time which may cause those around them to become uncomfortable. Education is the first step in accepting the schizophrenia disorder after you have been diagnosed. Finally receiving a diagnosis allows you to put a name to the feelings and actions that have seemed beyond your control up until this time.

The denial that went with the initial diagnosis has to pass before the process of acceptance can begin. Education about the disorder of schizophrenia will help you to recognize the symptoms that you have been experiencing and start coping with them. The ability to recognize the symptoms will be a large part of being able to avoid the triggers.

Finding a way to function with the disorder is also a part of accepting it. Lists of the things that you are supposed to do during the day will help you to get past the things that are keeping you from living life to the fullest. Getting used to the list is one of the most difficult parts of accepting the schizophrenia disorder.

There is a need for treatment to help keep the symptoms under control. Herbs, aromatherapy, massage therapy and even animals are utilized to treat those that are learning how to accept the fact they suffer from the disorder of schizophrenia. The time and patience required to find the right therapy in order to see an improvement in the condition is amazing.

Dedication is required to keep the symptoms at bay and live a full life. There can be angry outbursts that occur for no reason or periods of depression. Finding ways to control the symptoms will make accepting the schizophrenia disorder easier. Aromatherapy and massages can be incredible stress relievers. Candles have a calming affect on some people; all they have to do is have them around.

Understanding the details of the treatments available for the disorder is another important part of accepting the fact that you have been diagnosed with the disorder. Treatments have to be done on a regular basis and they should be something that you can stick to so you there is an actual improvement in your symptoms.

In order to fully accept that you have this disorder you have to tell those closest to you. They are going to have to help you for there to be a noticeable change in your condition. You are not going to be able to cope as well if you are alone and coping is a part of acceptance so allow them to help you. Those around you have to accept your diagnosis as well.

The people closest to you can fall into a state of denial as well. It could be beneficial to them to find a support group as well. They will need to be strong to help you though this and they must be reminded to take care of themselves. They are not going to be any use to you or themselves if they get run down.

The acceptance of the schizophrenia disorder is going to take patience. It is not going to happen quickly, it is going to take time. Accepting the schizophrenia disorder is the only way that you can show any improvement in the symptoms that you are experiencing.
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 "How to Cope With Psychosis & Schizophrenia Self Help Handbook".
Visit his web site and learn aboutSchizophrenia Disorder
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