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

Managing your paranoid schizophrenia on a daily basis can be frustrating because paranoid schizophrenia makes understanding reality difficult. Individuals who have the disorder don't know that what they are seeing or hearing are delusions and hallucinations, which means they might not know they need help. For this reason, you should surround yourself with a support group if you have paranoid schizophrenia. Allow your friends and family members to help you get medical help if it is necessary. In addition, to manage your paranoid schizophrenia on a daily basis, you must take your medication. Antipsychotic medications will help you think clearly without hallucinations and delusions. It's also important to find outlets for your frustrations. This may include activities like exercise, yoga, and other hobbies.

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
The best thing you can do to manage your paranoid schizophrenia on a daily basis is to follow the treatment plan that your doctor recommended for you. Your doctor may prescribe antipsychotic medications, which are used to bring you back from a “break” with reality and also help prevent symptoms from getting worse. In addition to these drugs, your doctor may recommend other types of medications to help deal with symptoms that often happen in paranoid schizophrenia. For instance, mood-stabilizing drugs can help if you often feel aggressive or hostile towards people around you.

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is another way that may help with paranoid schizophrenia. ECT can help treat symptoms of paranoia and may do so more quickly than medications. It consists of electrical currents being passed through the brain. These currents cause a small seizure in the brain, which changes the chemical balance within the brain and helps treat symptoms of paranoia.

In addition to medicines and ECT, you may find that counseling, vocational training, relaxation techniques, and even hobbies and exercise can help you cope with schizophrenia. If you are consistent about following your treatment plan, even when you are feeling well and may feel like you don't need to be treated for anything, you have the best chance of reducing your symptoms and being productive in your life. It may also be helpful to you to have a support person, such as a family member or friend, who can help you out at times when you may need it.

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