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How to Deal with Negative Schizophrenia Symptoms

Sep 17, 2008
How to deal with the negative schizophrenia symptoms can prove a challenge since those exhibiting these symptoms are often thought of as lazy when there is no diagnosis. This is because they may neglect their hygienic needs and be unable to do everyday activities on their own. There are ways to cope with these symptoms and live a full life. You just have to remember that you are going to need support while you deal you with the negative schizophrenia symptoms.

Since the negative schizophrenia symptoms affect normal activities you can manage to live with them by making simple adjustments and recieving support from family and friends. Accepting that you have an illness that affects the way you function is the first thing that you have to do in order to deal with the negative schizophrenia symptoms. You must then educate not only yourself but your family as well to the symptoms and the diagnosis you have received. A full understanding of these symptoms and how they will affect you has to be had.

Those suffering from negative schizophrenia symptoms find simple things difficult such as brushing their teeth and hair first thing in the morning. Even dressing properly each morning is a difficult task for those suffering from negative schizophrenia symptoms and those around them need to recognize this fact.

Family and friends can tell you when you are beginning to show these negative symptoms of schizophrenia. This will help you to recognize them and show you how to cope better. The support will help you to feel stronger since they can remind you of the things that you are supposed to do each day.

Making a list of the things that you have to do everyday will help you to remember what you are supposed to do. The list will have to be extremely detailed everything from eating breakfast, brushing your teeth and taking a shower needs to be own your list. Everything that you do during the day can be broken down into smaller tasks.

Keep this list next to you so you can have it when you wake up first thing in the morning. That way you will know what you are supposed to do that day right from the start and it will be easier for you to achieve it. Just mark off each thing as you do it. This will make you feel better about yourself and make you feel as if you have accomplished something. When you have a large project on your list turning it into steps that you can mark off as you accomplish each one can make it easier for you to see your progress.

How to deal with negative schizophrenia symptoms involves having a way to express your feelings can help as well. Keeping a journal can help you to see patterns in your behavior and some find it to be a way of relieving stress. The best part of keeping a journal is that you can do it whenever you want no matter where you are so you don't have to worry if you have an appointment or not. When you keep a journal writing in it should be on your "to do list" so that you always have an outlet for your feelings.

Stress can contribute to the negative schizophrenia symptoms so avoiding it as much as possible will help to cut down on the severity of the symptoms. There are even relaxation techniques that can be used to help you to reduce the frequency of symptoms. Yoga and meditation can help you to relax more and reduce your chances of a relapse.

Drinking and drugs should be avoided. If you drank alcohol or did drugs before you will want to quit since these can cause symptoms to worsen. So taking all alcohol out of the house is a good idea. Now you have to find something to take the place of these things and this is where your family can be the most help.
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 Symptoms
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