Take Care of Yourself
Being a schizophrenia caregiver is stressful, and it’s not uncommon for caregivers to experience burnout. They may neglect their own needs and experience symptoms of anxiety, depression, or even physical illness. According to a NAMI survey of schizophrenia caregivers, more than 40 percent have been caregiving for more than 10 years and more than 50 percent have trouble finding time to take care of their own health. One way to find support and resources you need to prevent burnout is to join a caregiver support group. NAMI has resources for finding one in your area.