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  1. Schizophrenia - Recovery

    Recovery from schizophrenia is a journey of healing and change. It will help you live a fulfilling and meaningful life. Recovery doesn't always mean you are symptom-free. It begins with treatment and usually is a lifelong process. In the recovery process,you learn to cope with your symptoms and challenges,find and meet your goals,and develop the support you need. There are 10 principles ...

  2. 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

  3. Schizophrenia - When to Call a Doctor

    Call or other emergency services if you (or someone you care about who has schizophrenia ): Are thinking about suicide or are threatening suicide. Hear voices that tell you to hurt yourself or someone else or to do something illegal,such as destroy property or steal. Notice warning signs of violence towards others,such as thinking or talking about harming someone or becoming aggressive. ...

  4. 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. ...

  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 - What Increases Your Risk

    Schizophrenia is a complex illness. Experts don't know what causes it or why some people get it and others don't. But some things make it more likely that a person will develop schizophrenia. These are called risk factors. Having one or more risk factors doesn't mean you will develop the illness,though. You may be at risk for schizophrenia if: Your mother,father,brother,or sister has ...

  7. 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 ( ...

  8. Causes of Schizophrenia

    What causes schizophrenia?

  9. Schizophrenia: What About Substance Abuse?

    Substance abuse and schizophrenia.

  10. Schizophrenia: Are People With Schizophrenia Violent?

    Are people with schizophrenia violent?

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