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    1. Helping a Loved One Stick With Schizophrenia Meds

      People with schizophrenia often stop taking their meds, but there are steps you can take to help your loved one stick to a treatment plan. Keeping up with medication is important. Without medication, your loved one is at risk for a relapse. Educate yourself. Patients often need family support to sta

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    2. Schizophrenia: How to Avoid Caregiver Stress

      When a loved one's health needs are so significant, it might seem selfish to focus on your own needs. But taking care of yourself is a vital part of taking care of others. You are no good to your loved one if you're stressed out, burned out, and worn out. "Caregivers often feel that they need to do

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    3. How to Overcome Obstacles in Your Life: Resilience

      Some people seem to be born with the ability to overcome setbacks with relative ease. It’s a trait that experts call resilience. People with resilience have a greater sense of control over their lives, says psychologist Robert Brooks, PhD. That makes them more willing to take risks. “Also, because o

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    4. When Schizophrenia Appears

      People with schizophrenia can have a hard time telling what’s real and what’s not. They may see things that aren’t there or hold firm beliefs that fly in the face of fact. Understanding schizophrenia’s nature can help patients and their loved ones regain a sense of control. It's crucial to recognize

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    5. Schizophrenia and Relationships

      Penny Frese, PhD, was studying fine arts at Ohio University when she met her future husband. They saw each other for several months, and she noticed he avoided talking about anything personal. "We took a walk in a park, and it was toward the end of summer -- a gorgeous, beautiful day. I confronted h

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    6. Working With Schizophrenia

      You may think holding down a job is too much for someone with schizophrenia. But with treatment, many people can -- and should -- stay in the game. "People feel better about themselves if they're doing something productive," says Steven Jewell, MD, associate professor of psychiatry at Northeast Ohio

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    7. Adult Children of Alcoholics

      If you grew up with a parent who had a drinking problem, you probably hoped everything would be OK once you moved out. But chances are, things haven’t gone as smoothly as you’d wished. And you’re not alone. Being raised by an alcoholic can create issues that last a lifetime, says Patricia O'Gorman,

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    8. Q&A With Demi Lovato

      From a field of former Disney teen stars -- think Selena, Miley, plus their older pop sisters Britney and Christina -- Demi Lovato, 21, is one of the most relatable. In 2010, she entered a rehab facility to deal with issues of depression, bulimia, addiction, and cutting, and she's been equally forth

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    9. Saving Your Sex Life When You're Depressed

      Chronic depression affects every part of daily life, including sex. It curbs sex drive, yet sex can boost your mood and is important for relationships. And some depression medicines can curb your libido. Breaking this cycle can be hard. How to get out of this funk? There's no one-size-fits-all appro

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    10. 'Bath Salts' Drug Trend: Expert Q&A

      "Ivory Wave," "Purple Wave," Vanilla Sky," and "Bliss" are among the many street names of so-called designer drugs known as “bath salts,” which have sparked thousands of calls to poison centers across the U.S. These drugs contain synthetic chemicals that are similar to amphetamines. Some, but not al

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