7 Tips for Coping With Schizophrenia as a Family

Make Your Home a Safe Place

Part of family education and counseling is learning how to create a supportive home environment for your loved one. The National Institute of Mental Health explains that when people with schizophrenia feel pressured, challenged, or criticized, their symptoms tend to get worse. “You want to avoid a high degree of emotional expression,” Savageau says. “That means avoiding arguments and confrontations. It can be a challenge, especially when a person with schizophrenia is dealing with delusions or hallucinations. You need to learn and use your communication and problem-solving skills.”

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