Schizophrenic Spectrum Disorders are a spectrum of mental health conditions that have a debilitating impact on those that suffer from a condition.

These conditions often involve an individual losing touch with reality, and can have a severe effect on day-to-day functioning. Fortunately, treatment is available, with a range of different options available.

Aside from medication and therapy, there are certain things an individual with Schizophrenia can do to maximise their chances of recovery. In this article, we take a look at 10 tips for living with Schizophrenia.

Schizophrenic spectrum disorders are difficult to live with

1. Enter treatment with an open mind

When you have been diagnosed with a Schizophrenic Spectrum Disorder, it can be easy to think that you won’t ever feel better again.

However, make sure you enter treatment with an open mind and with the belief that you can get better. Recovery is possible!

2. Remember to take your medicine

A key element in the treatment of any Schizophrenic Spectrum Disorder is medication. Medicines like antipsychotics can have a very positive impact.

But to get the most out of the medicine, remember to take it on a regular basis and only as your doctor has prescribed.

3. Engage with your therapist

If you decide to seek help from a therapist for talking therapy, remember to be as open as possible with them about your experiences.

Omitting facts or experiences can impact the chances of success of therapy. We have an article that looks at how to get the most out of talking therapy.

4. Learn your triggers

Hopefully, the treatment you receive will stop symptoms from appearing. However, for those that do carry on having symptoms, it can help if you learn your triggers.

For example, some people have some triggers or signs that a bad episode is on the way. For instance, they may see more mood-related symptoms prior to a bad episode.

Learning these triggers so that you can prepare yourself for future problems can be very helpful, and aid your mental health.

5. Keep in touch with your doctor

Throughout your treatment, it is important to keep in regular contact with your doctor. If you have any concerns, make sure you let them know.

They are there to help you with your treatment. If you are facing problems, then they can try to assist you in coming up with solutions to fix the issue.

6. Ignore the myths!

Unfortunately – especially with Schizophrenia – there are a range of myths that have developed over time. These include that those with schizophrenia are violent or have multiple personalities.

We recommend that you ignore these myths and don’t let them impact you. They are unhelpful and counterproductive.

7. Avoid recreational drugs

A very important thing to do is to avoid the use of recreational drugs. These drugs can make schizophrenic spectrum disorders worse.

This is especially the case with cannabis, with research showing that a strong connection exists between cannabis use and psychosis [1].

8. Educate yourself on the condition

One of the most useful things you can do is to educate yourself on schizophrenic spectrum disorders. Knowing about the condition in more detail can be helpful.

There is plenty of information available online. You can also look at Mental Health General’s section on schizophrenic spectrum disorders, as we have a wealth of information on there!

9. Be healthy

There are small things that you can do which have a very positive impact. For example, these include sleeping well, eating healthily and avoiding alcohol.

Many people find that regular exercise helps their mental health. For those with a Schizophrenic Spectrum Disorder, it should be no different.

10. Remember to not give up!

It can be so easy to feel like you should give up – but remember that things can get better! Hopefully it will!

Hopelessness is a horrible feeling, but with the right treatment, time and a belief that things will improve – anything is possible!

See Also

  1. Schizophrenic Spectrum: Everything You Need to Know
  2. What Are The Different Types of Schizophrenic Spectrum Disorders?
  3. What Are The Symptoms of Schizophrenic Spectrum Disorders?
  4. What Are The Causes of Schizophrenic Spectrum Disorders?
  5. How are Schizophrenic Spectrum Disorders Diagnosed?
  6. How Can Schizophrenic Spectrum Disorders be Treated?
  7. What is the Prognosis for Schizophrenic Spectrum Disorders??
  8. 10 Tips for Living With Schizophrenic Spectrum Disorders?
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References

[1]         van Os, J., & Kapur, S. (2009). Schizophrenia. The Lancet. 374 (9690): p635-645. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(09)60995-8.