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 some
Schizophrenia is a complex illness that may partly involve your genes. But other events in your life may also play a role. Scientists are edging closer to figuring out if there are ways to lower the risk of schizophrenia.
Schizophrenia can sometimes run in families, but there isn't one specific gene
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 h
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
If you're living with schizophrenia, it's important to reach out to a support network that you can rely on for help. Even if taking that first step is hard, it pays off. "We know that people are healthiest when they are in relationships. The very nature of serious mental illness isolates people. So
Schizophrenia is a complex condition that still carries a lot of confusion and stigma. If you or someone close to you has been diagnosed, you'll want to learn more about treatments that can control symptoms. WebMD asked psychiatrist Crystal C. Watkins, MD, PhD, assistant professor at the Johns Hopki
If you're getting treated for schizophrenia, take good care of yourself to live a fuller, more satisfying life. "You can increase your confidence and energy, reduce disorganized thoughts, and even become more involved in social activities," says Jacqueline Simon Gunn, PsyD, a New York City psycholo
If you or a loved one is being treated for schizophrenia, you may be hesitant to tell others about the condition. But explaining the illness to friends and family is an important step on the way to setting up a support network. Here are some tips to help get that conversation going.
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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
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