How to Be an Effective Schizophrenia Caregiver
If you have a loved one with schizophrenia, you and the rest of your family can be an instrumental part of his or her care team. “A supportive family makes living with schizophrenia a lot easier,” says Andrew Savageau, MD, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center in Columbus. Since schizophrenia impacts the whole family, “the first thing I tell the family is to contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and use their support and educational resources,” he says. Here are more steps you can take as a family to help your loved one cope with schizophrenia.