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How does schizophrenia affect one's family?

Mark Moronell, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
When a family member is diagnosed with schizophrenia, a number of scenarios may occur. Sometimes, relatives will gather in support of a sick family member, ensuring that the person receives the best treatment possible. In this type of healthy family environment, relatives can support their loved one by attending group or family therapy together. In the therapy environment, relatives can learn more about the illness, its treatment, and its triggers.

On the other hand, sometimes people with schizophrenia do not receive support from their families. Without treatment, their symptoms might become intense, and their odd behaviors isolate them from their families. When this occurs, people with schizophrenia often experience financial problems, have trouble taking care of themselves, and may commit violent acts. At this extreme, schizophrenia can have a devastating effect on a family. If your family member has schizophrenia, the best thing you can do is to offer support and encourage the person to stay in treatment.

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