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Educate yourself

Learning about schizophrenia and its treatment will allow you to make informed decisions about how best to cope with symptoms.

Reduce stress

Stress can cause schizophrenia symptoms to flare up, so it’s important to create a structured and supportive environment for your loved one.

Set realistic expectations

It’s important to be realistic about the challenges of schizophrenia. Help your loved one set and achieve manageable goals, and be patient with the pace of recovery.

Empower your loved one

Be careful that you’re not taking over and doing things for your loved one that he or she is capable of doing.

Seek help right away

Early intervention makes a difference in the course of schizophrenia, so help your loved one find a good doctor and start treatment.

Be collaborative

When your loved one has a voice in their own treatment, they will be more motivated to work towards recovery.

Encourage self-help

Since schizophrenia is often episodic, periods of remission from the severest symptoms can provide an opportunity for your loved one to employ self-help strategies that may limit the length and frequency of future episodes.