How can I cope if I am diagnosed with schizophrenia?

Mark Moronell, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
If you are diagnosed with schizophrenia and do not know how to cope, you should know that many people with schizophrenia are able to continue working and living independently. The best way to take care of your health is to stay in treatment. Schizophrenia is a lifelong illness, and the people who experience the most fulfilling lives with schizophrenia are those who maintain their medication and therapeutic treatments. Visit your psychiatrist regularly to check your medication levels, which may help you avoid a relapse. Participate in individual and group therapy sessions on a regular basis. These sessions can help you learn coping skills and strategies on avoiding relapse. Getting regular exercise, eating nutritious foods, and spending time with family and friends can help you prevent other health problems that may worsen your symptoms.

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