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Schizophrenia

How do I manage my undifferentiated schizophrenia on a daily basis?

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  • AMichael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answered

    Like many diseases, there is no cure for schizophrenia. Since there is no cure yet, you can manage your schizophrenia by consistently taking your medication and attending regular psychotherapy sessions. The medications will mitigate or completely eliminate your symptoms, and the therapy sessions give you an opportunity for you to voice all your feelings and feel more connected, as well as discuss your concerns, worries, and struggles in life. It can also help you identify relapse warning signs and learn coping techniques.

    Keep in mind that the medications can have some uncomfortable side effects. If you are unhappy with how the medications make you feel or the side effects they cause, talk to your doctor. Do not stop taking your medication cold turkey.
  • To manage undifferentiated schizophrenia on a daily basis, follow your doctor's treatment plan. The most important thing to do is to continue taking your medication. If you have questions about side effects or find it difficult to continue taking your medication due to side effects, you should talk to your doctor. You may also have a treatment plan that includes life-skill training and therapy; this should be continued as well. If you think your symptoms are worsening, or if you are developing new symptoms, you should talk to your doctor right away.

    You may wish to learn some stress management techniques and set goals for yourself. These skills may be covered in life-skills training. Controlling the stress you experience and setting achievable goals can help your daily life to be satisfying and fulfilling.

  • ADouglas Severance, MD, Family Medicine, answered
    You can manage your undifferentiated schizophrenia on a daily basis by taking your medication as directed. Take note of any changes in your behavior and try to avoid situations that may trigger your symptoms. Do not abuse alcohol or drugs, and take steps to reduce stress in your life. Talk to your doctor about other techniques to cope with and manage your symptoms.
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