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  1. Schizophrenia - For Family and Friends

    Schizophrenia affects everyone around the person who has the illness. It can be hard to watch a family member or friend develop symptoms and perhaps act in very different ways. Family and friends may feel helpless,but they play an important role in the life and treatment of people who have schizophrenia. As a family member or close friend,you may help support or take care of your loved one. ...

  2. Schizophrenia - Exams and Tests

    Your doctor will ask you questions about your medical history and your mental health and about any odd experiences you may have had,such as hearing voices or having confusing thoughts. You also will have a physical exam. Your doctor also may suggest tests to rule out other conditions with similar symptoms or to diagnose other schizophrenia disorders. These tests may include blood tests and a ...

  3. Schizophrenia - Treatment Overview

    Finding out that you have schizophrenia can be scary and hard to deal with. But you can treat it. The goals of treatment and recovery are to reduce or stop symptoms,reduce the number of relapses,and develop a personal plan for your recovery by setting and meeting goals for home,work,and relationships. Medicines help your symptoms,and counseling and therapy help you change how you think ...

  4. Relapse of Schizophrenia - Topic Overview

    A relapse can happen when you have schizophrenia. In a relapse, your symptoms return and may be so severe that they cause a psychotic episode. This means you can't tell the difference between what is real and what isn't real. A relapse or a psychotic episode can be very intense and scary.Preventing a relapseYou can do some things to help prevent a relapse:Take your medicines as your doctor suggests. Not taking medicine is the main cause of relapse. Reduce stress in your life. This may result in fewer relapses. For more information on reducing stress, see the topic Stress Management. Don't drink alcohol or use illegal drugs. Go to your counseling sessions and classes even when you don't feel like it or when you think they are not helping you. Join a self-help or support group. Self-help and support groups are usually run by the members of the group, not health professionals.Learn the first signs of relapse, and seek help early. Common signs of relapse include: Staying away from or not

  5. Schizophrenia - Counseling and Therapy

    Counseling and therapy are important parts of treatment. You will work with a mental health professional such as a psychologist,a licensed professional counselor,a clinical social worker,or a psychiatrist. Find a therapist you trust and feel comfortable with. A good therapist not only provides help but gives you support and encouragement. If you don't feel good about working with one ...

  6. Schizophrenia and Pregnancy - Topic Overview

    People with schizophrenia have goals and desires just like people without the illness. These may include starting a family. You can have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby if you have schizophrenia. But there are some things to know. You will want people to help you during your pregnancy and when you are first taking care of your new baby. It's best to talk with your pregnancy doctor ( ...

  7. Frequently Asked Questions About Schizophrenia

    These questions address key issues about schizophrenia, its causes, symptoms, treatment, and early warning signs.

  8. Causes of Schizophrenia

    What causes schizophrenia?

  9. Schizophrenia Resources

    WebMD offers links to more information and support for those with schizophrenia and their loved ones.

  10. Schizophrenia: What About Substance Abuse?

    Substance abuse and schizophrenia.

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