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How can I get help if I'm caring for someone with schizophrenia?

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It can be draining to look after someone with schizophrenia. You need to make nurturing yourself a top priority every day. It’s common for caregivers to feel sad, angry, alone, or afraid of what others will think. Reach out to friends and family, and tell them what you need. Most of all, eat well, get enough sleep, exercise, and take part in fun activities. You can’t be “on call” 24 hours a day. So give yourself a complete break from time to time.

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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