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.
People with schizophrenia can have a hard time telling what’s real and what’s not. They may see things that aren’t there or hold firm beliefs that fly in the face of fact. Understanding schizophrenia’s nature can help patients and their loved ones regain a sense of control.
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.