If your friend or relative with schizophrenia won't get treatment, there are steps you can take to help.
First, listen to his concerns in an open-minded, supportive way. Then talk about how treatment will help. Explain that he has an illness and it's treatable.
"You'd get treatment for diabetes or hypertension, and you should get treatment for this," says Sonia Krishna, MD, of St. John's Well Child and Family Center in Los Angeles.