Schizophrenia: What to Do in Case of a Relapse

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DAVE DAVIS: Part of schizophrenia is not being able to recognize that the person has the illness. Delusions are a part of thinking-- a kind of false thinking-- that the person with schizophrenia can't be convinced that it's wrong. If a person starts to have a relapse, call the psychiatrist immediately. Get the psychiatrist to evaluate the person as soon as possible.

If you can't reach a psychiatrist, go to the emergency room. The longer you delay, the worst things are going to be. And we believe that every time that the schizophrenic individual has a relapse, that they lose some ground. So over a long period of time, this is often a deteriorating illness. So a big part of our efforts is always to prevent these relapses.