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When should someone call the police for someone who has schizophrenia?

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Most people with schizophrenia aren't violent. Just like any other situation, if you fear your safety, call 911 and ask the dispatcher for the police.

Tell them that your loved one is psychotic, and explain you need help controlling his behavior and getting him medical treatment. Ask the police not to show weapons when they arrive so they don’t alarm him more.

If possible, someone should stay with you while you wait. Call your loved one's doctor right away, too.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions: Schizophrenia.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Schizophrenia.”

Center for Addiction and Mental Health: “Schizophrenia: An Information Guide.”

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

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on August 6, 2020

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions: Schizophrenia.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Schizophrenia.”

Center for Addiction and Mental Health: “Schizophrenia: An Information Guide.”

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

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on August 6, 2020

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