Helping Friends and Family Members Who Live with Schizophrenia

 

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A psychiatrist at the Wyandot Center in Kansas City, Kansas, Dr. Christie Mensch provides full service mental health care in an outpatient setting. Dr. Christie Mensch evaluates and treats a variety of mental health concerns, including schizophrenia.

Schizophrenia is a chronic disorder of the brain. It can cause people to experience delusions, hallucinations, and difficulties with concentration and thinking. If a friend or loved one has a schizophrenia diagnosis, there are simple things you can do to help them.

Encourage them to get treatment or remain in treatment. There are many trials and studies available as well, many of which offer promising new treatments and therapies.

Be patient, and recognize their right to their own views. People who live with schizophrenia commonly hold demonstrably false beliefs, but these can seem very real to them. Be as respectful as possible without supporting inappropriate or destructive behavior.

Be aware of the risk of substance abuse. People who live with schizophrenia tend to be at high risk for drug and alcohol abuse, which can also adversely affect treatment.

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