If someone who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia has any behavior change that might indicate treatment is not working, it is best to call the doctor. If the family, friends, or guardians of a person with schizophrenia believe symptoms are increasing, a doctor should be called as well. Do not overlook the possibility of another medical problem in addition to the schizophrenia.
Take your loved one with schizophrenia immediately to the hospital and/or call "911". if he or she is in danger of self-harm or harming others. People with schizophrenia are much more likely than the general population to commit suicide .
Many families fear abusing the emergency medical system when these and similar
issues arise. However, if you have any doubts, go to the emergency department.
Don't worry about whether the visit should be made. If, afterward, the health
concern is found not to be an emergency problem, then everyone is relieved likewise, if a medical emergency is found, you have made the right decision. The medical professionals can reassure you that you made the right decision in the face of unknown medical questions about someone else's health.
Home care for a person with schizophrenia depends on how ill the person is and on the family or guardian's ability to care for the person. The ability to care for a person with schizophrenia is tied closely to time, emotional strength, and financial reserves.
In spite of these possible barriers, basic issues to address with people with schizophrenia, include the following:
In spite of successful antipsychotic treatment, many patients with schizophrenia have difficulty with motivation, activities of daily living, relationships, and communication skills. Also, since the illness typically begins during the years critical to education and professional training, these patients lack social and work skills and experience. In these cases, the psychosocial treatments help most, and many useful treatment approaches have been developed to assist people suffering from schizophrenia.
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