Schizophrenia - Recovery
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
If your symptoms come back, it's called a
relapse. Anyone with schizophrenia can have a relapse,
but it may happen much more often when you don't take your medicine.
You can help prevent a
relapse by taking your medicine, going to your counseling sessions, being
active in your own recovery, and not drinking alcohol or using illegal drugs.
If you are having trouble taking your medicine
or feel that you don't need to, talk to your doctor or another trusted person. Your
doctor may be able to change the medicine or how much you take. A partner or
spouse may help you find ways to remember to take the medicine.
A healthy lifestyle
The symptoms of schizophrenia
can make it easy to forget some of the basics of good health. But it's
important to try to have a healthy lifestyle.
Here are some
things to do:
- Don't abuse drugs or alcohol. Having a
substance abuse problem makes treating schizophrenia
harder. If you have a substance abuse problem, you need to
treat both problems to help your recovery.
- Exercise and be activeExercise and be active. Exercise can help relieve anxiety,
depression, and stress. Exercise and activity also make other diseases,
such as heart disease or diabetes, less likely.
- Relieve stressRelieve stress. Reducing stress may mean fewer
- Get enough sleepGet enough sleep. This is very important. Sleep can
help your mood and make you feel less stressed.
- Eat a balanced dietEat a balanced diet. This helps your body deal with tension and stress.
- Stop smoking, if you smoke. Smoking increases the risk for
other diseases, such as cancer and heart disease. For information on how to
stop smoking, see the topic