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How can being goal-oriented help someone you love with schizophrenia?

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A doctor will set up a wellness plan with your loved one that will include specific goals. Your job as a caregiver is to remind your loved one how important it is to stick to their goals, and to encourage them to stay on their medication. Following a treatment plan helps prevent the disease from coming back and keeps the symptoms from getting worse.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions: Schizophrenia -- Coping and Support.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Schizophrenia.”

Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America.

Treatment Advocacy Center: “If You Live with Someone with Severe Mental Illness, This Tool Is for You.”

World Fellowship for Schizophrenia and Allied Disorders: “Warning Signs of Illness, Managing a Crisis, Risk of Suicide.”

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance.

National Alliance on Mental Illness: “Understanding Psychosis: Resources and Recovery.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on July 16, 2020

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions: Schizophrenia -- Coping and Support.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Schizophrenia.”

Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America.

Treatment Advocacy Center: “If You Live with Someone with Severe Mental Illness, This Tool Is for You.”

World Fellowship for Schizophrenia and Allied Disorders: “Warning Signs of Illness, Managing a Crisis, Risk of Suicide.”

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance.

National Alliance on Mental Illness: “Understanding Psychosis: Resources and Recovery.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on July 16, 2020

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