Thoughts of suicide or thoughts about harming yourself or others. If you think about these
things, call your doctor or 911 right away.
Tell family and friends how to recognize the
warning signs of suicide, such as threatening to harm yourself and being preoccupied with death or suicide, and
warning signs of violence toward others, such as
thinking or talking about harming someone or becoming aggressive.
Social concerns, such as other
people's attitudes. People who don't understand schizophrenia or other mental
health problems may treat you differently. Find family and friends who want to
support you and help you with relationships. Help them understand
Smoking. Many people who have
schizophrenia smoke cigarettes. This may be because smoking helps with some of
the symptoms. But smoking makes other illnesses, such
as cancer and heart disease, more likely.
Having a babyHaving a baby. If you
have schizophrenia and want to have a baby, talk to your doctor. Medicines
that you take for schizophrenia can cause birth defects, and not taking your
medicine puts you at risk for a relapse. Your doctor can help you plan your
pregnancy so there will be as little risk as possible to you and your
Substance abuse. Many people who have schizophrenia
abuse alcohol or drugs. When you have schizophrenia and a substance abuse
problem, it's called a
dual diagnosis. Talk with your doctor
or another trusted person about getting help for substance
Other health problems. Obesity,
type 2 diabetes, and heart and lung problems may occur along with schizophrenia.