Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Why Do I Need Support?

Having a support group or a friend other than your doctor is crucial to recovery. Here are some reasons why someone with schizophrenia should have a close friend or family member to talk to:

  • 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.

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