7 Tips for Coping With Schizophrenia as a Family

Empower Your Loved One

Making your home a safe place is not the same as making your home a hiding place. It’s important to encourage your loved one to take some responsibility and become as self-reliant as possible. “Allowing your loved one to drop out of school or not have a job is unhealthy,” Savageau says. “Even a part-time job or a few classes can help foster responsibility and create a sense of independence. Being overprotective can prevent your loved one from developing the confidence and social skills they need to succeed.”

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