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How do I care for someone with disorganized schizophrenia?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

People with disorganized schizophrenia have trouble understanding what is really going on. They also have trouble managing their symptoms enough to function on a daily basis. Because of this, if you're caring for someone with disorganized schizophrenia, it is important that you understand the symptoms of the disorder and their implications for the lives of the people you are caring for. Because the person you are caring for likely won't know that anything is wrong, you have to be aware of what generally signifies a psychotic break. You must also encourage the person you are caring for to take the prescribed medications; if the person you are caring for refuses to take these medications, it is important that you call the doctor for a recommendation. A person with disorganized schizophrenia often shows inappropriate or no emotion. Understanding this and other aspects of the disorder can help you be a better caretaker. Join a support group or read to learn more about this condition.

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