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What do I need to know about caring for someone with schizophrenia?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Caring for someone with schizophrenia requires a major time commitment and a great deal of dedication. People with schizophrenia can exhibit bizarre symptoms that are often severe when they are not taking their medications, and some people with the disorder do not take their medications because of unpleasant side effects. If you're caring for a person with schizophrenia, be sure the person is taking the prescribed medication. If the person you are caring for is not taking the prescribed medication, call a doctor to see if an injection is appropriate. Also, you must carefully watch the person with schizophrenia to see whether hospitalization may be necessary. Sometimes, people with this disorder become erratic and do unexplainable things. They may think suicidal thoughts or attempt to harm themselves, or they may try to hurt other people. Stay in communication with the person's doctor to determine what steps need to be taken. Additionally, caring for someone with schizophrenia requires support. Take advantage of the support groups and materials in your community.

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