Schizophrenia - Recovery
When you have schizophrenia, you need
more than medicines and counseling to move forward with your life. You need to
partner with your health care team to find and meet your personal goals. This
life-long partnering is known as recovery.
Recovery isn't the
same as being cured, and it doesn't mean that you will be symptom-free. It is being
able to live a full life and enjoy favorite activities with as little trouble
as possible from your symptoms. Recovery may help you manage your symptoms so
that you can be an active member of your community.
support, and training in social and job skills all are important parts of your
treatment and recovery. For example:
- Learning about schizophrenia can
improve the quality of your life and the lives of those who care about
- Job training may help you find a job that interests
you and that you can be successful in. This can help with finances and
- Social skills training can help you
develop life skills such as learning to communicate, managing frustration, and
coping. It may include
cognitive enhancement therapy, which may help you
improve how well you understand and deal with other people.
- Case management and assertive community treatment can help you organize the
many different parts of treatment and recovery. You receive this kind of help
at your home. You don't have to go anywhere special to get it.
- Support groups give you the chance to talk with people
who are going through the same things you are.
10 principles of recovery(What is a PDF document?) that can guide you as you work toward your goals and learn
new things to help yourself. They help you gain self-confidence and respect for
yourself. They make it clear that you make your own decisions with the help of
your doctor, counselor, and family. And they encourage you to be as independent
as possible while living with schizophrenia.
It may be hard to understand
and accept that you have an illness, and it's easy to become discouraged. You
can help yourself by focusing on your recovery goals and learning to see
schizophrenia as one part of your life, not your entire life. Make managing
schizophrenia well one of the many successes in your life.
You have schizophrenia, but like other
people, you have wishes and goals for your life. You most likely want healthy
relationships with your partner, family, and friends. You may want a job that
gives you a sense of self-worth.
Your family and community can
support you and help you meet your goals.
- Your family can help you get the right
treatment, deal with your symptoms, and get along in your community.
Family therapy is an important part of
- Social support and support groups give you the chance
to talk with people who are going through the same things you are.
- Case management and assertive community treatment can
help you deal with the many different parts of treatment and recovery. If you
feel overwhelmed, ask your doctor or therapist about these programs.
- Your local or state health department may have programs to help
you. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) provides contact
information for support organizations nationwide. For more information, go to