- To relieve stress- because there will be times when you get frustrated with family or people at work and you need someone to talk to to relieve stress.
- To help cope with symptoms- a friend could tell you that everything will be okay when you are feeling anxious or nervous.
- To help recognize reoccurring symptoms- a friend could notice psychotic symptoms, such as paranoia or suspicion, returning and bring about awareness in order to respond in the correct manner.
- To help prevent a relapse- a friend could notify your doctor or a member of your treatment team when psychotic symptoms continue. Or they could take you to the hospital when needed.
- To remind you to take your medication- a friend could make sure that you are taking your medication.
- To help recover from a relapse- a friend could help you readjust to your environment.
Although you may want to keep to yourself, it is imperative that you reach out to someone in order to have a healthy recovery.