If you have schizophrenia, it may be hard to keep track of all the things you need to do and the people who are helping you. Case management helps you do this. One person, called a case manager, helps you keep track of your treatment and your recovery goals.
Assertive community treatment (ACT) is a type of case management. Your ACT team includes a case manager, doctor, psychiatrist, and nurse. Your team can help you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You get care where you live. You don't have to stay in or visit a health care center to get treatment.
So-called “paranoid” thoughts can be normal. But they could point to a mental health symptom if you lose the ability to judge whether they are or aren't likely to be true.
Here are the common causes and what you can do to ease your mind.
Are other people talking about me?
Was I just lied to?
Is someone watching me?
Everyone has thoughts like these from time to time. You might think of them as “paranoid.” But “you’re probably really having an anxious thought,” says Thomas Rodebaugh,...
Watch for problems in your mental and physical health.
Help you keep in touch with your family.
Help with routine tasks such as laundry, shopping, cooking, grooming, and getting around.
Contact the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) at www.nami.org, or talk with your health care team about whether ACT is available in your community. Some communities have services similar to ACT that are known by other names, such as community rehabilitation.