Education about schizophrenia

Learning about schizophrenia can help you by teaching you and your family about:

  • The causes of schizophrenia and relapses.
  • Treatments for schizophrenia and how to prevent relapse.
  • Recovery and setting and reaching personal goals.
  • Medicines and how to get rid of or reduce side effects.
  • How to deal with symptoms and recognize the first signs of relapse. These signs include:
    • Staying away from or not being interested in other people.
    • Forgetting things.
    • Having problems concentrating.
    • Daydreaming.
    • Not paying attention to what is going on.

Family members also can learn:

  • What to expect and how to deal with unwanted behavior.
  • How to deal with their fears and concerns.
  • How to reduce stress and cope with the illness.
  • How to handle emergencies.
  • How to make plans for the family.
  • How to take better care of themselves.

Last Updated: August 28, 2008

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