Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Schizophrenia

Medically Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari, MD on August 18, 2021

If you or a loved one was recently diagnosed with schizophrenia, ask your doctor these questions at your next visit.

  • Is there any other condition that could be causing or worsening my schizophrenia symptoms?
  • How soon after starting medication will I begin to get better?
  • What are the chances that the symptoms will stop?
  • What side effects should I expect from the medication? How will we manage those problems if they happen?
  • Is it safe to drink alcohol? If so, how much?
  • How long will I need to take the treatment?
  • What should I do if I have an emergency, or if my symptoms get worse between office visits?
  • What kind of psychotherapy would help? How can I find a mental health professional for treatment?
  • What other kinds of services could help me?
  • What symptoms might be an early warning of a relapse? What should I do if I notice these symptoms?
  • What should I tell my friends, family, and co-workers about my condition?
  • Is it safe for me to work, drive, and provide care for others?
  • Are my children at risk for schizophrenia? Should they be checked?