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How to Cope with Paranoid Schizophrenia

Sep 11, 2008
When it comes to coping with paranoid schizophrenia you may feel overwhelmed at times due to the severity of your condition and the symptoms that accompany the disorder. The disorder can make it difficult to cope with things the happen to you on a regular basis and that are not stressful to others. There will be times when the symptoms can get in the way of the things that you want and make life seem increasingly difficult to you. There are ways to with paranoid schizophrenia that can make coping with the illness easier for you and give you a happier fuller life.

There is more to coping with paranoid schizophrenia than simply taking your medication and asking for help. Learning about schizophrenia and its symptoms is among the first thing that you should do in order to cope with this illness.

You will have to know what the symptoms and what triggers them. The treatments and alternatives to traditional medicine are both things that you should be aware of; everything you can learn when it comes to schizophrenia will make coping with the illness easier. The decision that you make in regards to your treatment will be affected by the amount of knowledge that you acquire about paranoid schizophrenia.

Coping with paranoid schizophrenia is easier when you ask for help as soon as you receive the diagnosis. When help is sought it is easy to figure out how to cope with paranoid schizophrenia.

A positive attitude will go a long way to helping beat paranoid schizophrenia. You will have to be strong in order to help your loved one that is suffering from this disease. Depression seems to be contagious which makes finding ways to stay positive a major part of coping with paranoid schizophrenia.

You want to encourage the one that is suffering from paranoid schizophrenia to stay as independent as possible so they do not lose their self confidence. You want them to continue doing the things they can for themselves and to develop new skills to make coping with the disorder easier for them. This will help them to continue their daily lives despite the disorder they are suffering from.

How to cope with paranoid schizophrenia is to prepare for the worst. You have to be ready for a crisis no matter how small or it will throw you off balance causing you to be overwhelmed by the emotions of the situation. Planning for emergencies is the best way to ensure that you stay calm in a crisis. You should have a list of emergency numbers that includes the doctor and hospital along with all relatives you will need to contact in a time of need. They will be a good support group in the event that you have a crisis situation or your schizophrenia worsens.

When you are taking care of someone with paranoid schizophrenia you have to make sure to take care of yourself as well. If you get run down or sick you are not going to be able to care for yourself or your loved one so you will have to get adequate rest and take care of your own health. You have to remember that in the event you become incapacitated you will need someone to care for your loved one.

The better health that you are in the better able to care for yourself or your loved one that is suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, and the easier it will be for you to cope with the situations that can arise form the disorder. This disorder can be a destructive and dangerous one for all involved. There is a feeling of helplessness and frustration that has to be dealt with.

In order to cope with this disease you must have a strong support group to get you through. Remember to educate yourself so that you can recognize the symptoms and deal with them in order to have a fuller life. Remember you will need help and you don't want to do it alone as the path will be harder to travel.
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 aboutParanoid Schizophrenia
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