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How can family members help a veteran with psychosis?

Family members can support a veteran with psychosis by being nonjudgmental, sympathetic and understanding. Learn as much about the condition as you can. Consider family therapy as a means to reduce tension and create a supportive home environment for the veteran. Participate in any programs offered by your Vet Center or other veterans’ service organizations that assist families with veterans who have mental illnesses. A recent survey of a VA medical center in Oklahoma showed that only 5% of families of veterans with serious mental illness took advantage of a program specifically aimed at supporting them. Whether this was due to lack of interest, lack of awareness, or fear of stigma is not known. Seek help and information wherever you can, whether from community-based mental health organizations, Veterans Affairs, support groups, or your family doctor.
 

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