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    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.

    You may feel helpless, but you play an important role in the life and treatment of a loved one who has schizophrenia.

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    What you can do

    You can also help the person with good health habits, like getting enough sleep and avoiding alcohol and drugs.

    Sometimes people who have schizophrenia are too sick to seek treatment on their own. If the symptoms are severe, you may have to force the person to get treatment. Talk with your health care providers and/or local law enforcement officials about the laws and procedures in your area for getting treatment in this situation. If you have this information before you need it, it will reduce your fears and concerns and may make it easier for you.

    Emergency help

    Some people who have schizophrenia may become aggressive or violent at times. Call 911 or other emergency help if you notice:

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