What Are Healthy Lifestyle Changes That I Can Make to Mange Schizophrenia?

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[BLANK_AUDIO] There are certain adaptations that are very desirable and beneficial. For example, one thing that seems to be very difficult for individuals who have Schizophrenia to sort of manage in terms of their resilience and their ability to tolerant this stress. Another is disruption in sleep cycle.

Another is substantial change, so the lesson to be learnt from that is that in the aftermath it's not that you have to shy away from life and not take chances, and not try and fulfill your sort of hopes and expectations, but you need to be mindful, just like you if you are diabetes like if you had asthma just like if you had any illness that, your illness has certain things which can be provocative of symptoms or can be detrimental then you need to understand to avoid that.

So a big source of stress is the family environment, if you're not in the family that sort of deals with conflict, deals with problems and ineffective and non emotion generating way that can be very stressful, and there's been a lot of studies on so called emotional expression and critical communication within families.

So family therapy, cycle education will be helpful in helping to sort of adjust that, and the individual should know that whatever their inclination or recreational drugs, they have special sensitivity. Everybody needs to be aware that if you're going to use drugs there's risks involved but if you have Schizophrenia there's even greater risks.

So what I tell patients is, I don't want you to be necessarily a tee toddler, you don't have to be absent for anything although that's probably the best thing, but the things you absolutely have to stay away from are the stimulants, the hallucinogens. Do you want to have a drink? Have alcohol, it's not so bad.

Other things that are non-stimulant, non hallucinogen types of things are less dangerous. So it's basically understanding what the nature of the illness is and it's going to be probably a life-long concern, you'll have to be aware of, and that there are things that can mitigate the likelihood of recurrences and relapses.