There is no test that can make a schizophrenia diagnosis. People with schizophrenia usually come to the attention of a mental health professional after others see them acting strangely.
Doctors make a diagnosis through interviews with the patient as well as with friends and family members.
Psychiatrists have the most experience with diagnosing schizophrenia. A psychiatrist or other licensed mental health professional should be involved in making a schizophrenia diagnosis whenever possible.
Doctors will try to find the best way to get you back to your
family and community as soon as possible.
For the caregiver
Sometimes there is conflict about
receiving treatment in a hospital. In this case, you need to think about your
loved one's legal rights. States have laws that protect people who have mental
health problems from being forced to go to a hospital or get treatment. These
laws are different in each state. Get to know the laws in your state.
Working with a mental health care expert and putting your loved one into
a hospital may not be an easy thing to do. But it might be the only thing you
can do to prevent your loved one from harming himself or herself or others. In
the hospital, your loved one will get treatment to help relieve symptoms and
ease the danger.