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.
Types of Mental Health Specialists
Choosing the right doctor and/or therapist to treat schizophrenia and other mental health issues may seem like a daunting task. But, finding the right doctor is an important step towards getting the right treatment. A number of different types of doctors can treat mental illnesses, including the following:
Psychiatrists: These professionals diagnose and specialize in the treatment of schizophrenia and other mental, emotional, or behavioral problems...
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
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