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How can having a friend or family member with schizophrenia affect me?

Having a family member or friend diagnosed with schizophrenia can be challenging. You may feel confused if the person is displaying behaviors that seem very strange to you, or if you are unsure how to react to threats and hostility from someone whom you thought you knew well. You may experience any number of negative feelings such as guilt, loss, helplessness, fear, vulnerability, defeat, anxiety, resentment, and anger are all commonly reported by caregivers of people with severe mental illness.

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