Develop a personal plan for your
recovery by setting and meeting goals for home, work, and relationships.
Medicines help your symptoms. And counseling and therapy help you
change how you think about things and deal with the illness.
If medicine and therapy aren't
helping you, your doctor may suggest
electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). In this procedure,
your doctor uses electricity to create a brief and mild seizure. This may
change your brain chemistry and help your symptoms.
Treatment may last
a long time, and the need to follow a recovery plan usually lasts for your
lifetime. Your treatment and recovery plan may change as your experience of
schizophrenia and your life change.
Most people with
schizophrenia qualify for health care programs such as Medicare or Medicaid. To
find out whether you qualify, check with your local health and welfare agency.