Living with Schizophrenia

Learning To Live With Schizophrenia

Learning how to live with schizophrenia is a necessity once a diagnosis is given as there is no cure for the disorder. There are, however, a number of treatments available that are extremely effective in helping those diagnosed with schizophrenia to manage the disease and build a balanced life based on treatment that includes psychological care and medication.

Learning how to live with the stigma of the diagnosis, adapting to the medications that are so crucial to treatment, and adjusting to a completely different way of viewing the world and one’s place in it takes time and patience. No one will get it right away, and almost everyone will have a fair share of issues to deal with as a result. It is possible, however, and that should always remain in focus. No matter how difficult it is to live with the challenges that come with schizophrenia treatment, it is far easier than living with untreated schizophrenia.

If you would like to learn more about the different types of schizophrenia treatment available to you or the mental health treatment options that are located near you and your family, call us today. We can help you find the program that will provide you with all the tools you need to rebuild your life after a schizophrenia diagnosis.

Living with the Stigma of Schizophrenia

It is unfortunate that society is so judgmental of those who do not fall within the boundaries and standards that are identified as “normal” and often ostracizes those who are different as “bad” or “immoral.” Schizophrenia is not very well understood by the general public and the media portrayal of the most extreme acts that some living with untreated paranoid schizophrenia have chosen has created an air of fear around the subject.

Those who are living with a schizophrenia diagnosis may find it difficult to avoid divulging their illness to those around them, especially in the beginning. Their erratic behavior may be beneficial in that it leads to a schizophrenia diagnosis and effective treatment but is often jarring to those around them. Over time, this may or may not be as much of an issue. As they adjust to the medications and find dosages that work, their schizophrenia diagnosis may not be as obvious and it may be easier to decide when – and if – it is appropriate to take others into their confidence.

In the beginning, though, it is important to remember that the stigma does not go away if schizophrenia remains untreated or if the patient gives up on their medications. In fact, it only worsens in those cases. Remember, too, that those who would judge based only on a schizophrenia diagnosis do patients the favor of revealing themselves immediately as one who is not worth attention or time.

Remaining Productive and Creative at Work

Because those who are diagnosed with schizophrenia often don’t develop a full-blown illness until early adulthood, some are able to be extremely creative and productive in their later teen years and the years prior to the diagnosis. Unfortunately, one of the issues associated with schizophrenia is a lack of internal drive, scattered thoughts and a lack of focus as well as withdrawal. It will certainly be one of the challenges that each individual will have to deal with when living with a schizophrenia diagnosis, and an issue that will affect each patient to a different degree.

Driving

No one wants to lose the privilege of driving, but those who are diagnosed with schizophrenia are prone to more accidents than the general population due to the characteristics of their illness. “Road rage” is a common issue as are mistakes made due to paranoia when seeing police cars or imagining that plain-colored cars or vans are being driven by someone they think is “out to get them.” Even with medication, a fleeting return of these issues and symptoms can have a deadly result, and it is often necessary to have a loved one’s driver’s license revoked if multiple incidents occur.

However, statistics show that more than 50 percent of patients diagnosed with schizophrenia are able to and do drive cars. As long as the patient is taking no medications that are sedatives and their medications have been balanced to the degree that the concern of recurring old symptoms is no longer a significant issue, it is possible for schizophrenia patients to be safe drivers. The choice should be made according to the progress of the patient and the opinion of medical professionals.

Schizophrenia Treatment at a Mental Health Program near You

If you are ready to get your loved one the treatment he or she needs to fight schizophrenia, now is the time. Contact us today at the phone number listed above and get the information you need to find a mental health treatment center that can help your loved one gain control over schizophrenia. Call now.