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.
Schizophrenia can be hard to spot in teens. Sometimes in can be tough to see the difference between ordinary teenage moodiness and signs of more serious illness.
But there are some symptoms to watch out for that can help you decide if you need to check with your doctor.
Watch for problems in your
mental and physical health.
Help you keep in touch with your
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.