Schizophrenia – articles and other resources
Schizophrenia is a serious disorder but with the right treatment and support, you can find ways to feel better and improve your quality of life.
Schizophrenia can be frightening, but it doesn't have to define your life. With medication, therapy, and support, many people with schizophrenia are able to control their symptoms, gain greater independence, and lead fulfilling lives.
Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent many unnecessary complications and improve the chance of recovery, so if you're worried that you or someone you care about has schizophrenia, don't hesitate to seek help.
Recovering from schizophrenia doesn't happen overnight. Finding the right treatments takes time and setbacks happen. But it is possible. In fact, most people with schizophrenia get better over time, not worse. So no matter what challenges you presently face, there is always hope.
What is schizophrenia?
Schizophrenia is a brain disorder that affects the way a person behaves, thinks, and sees the world. People with schizophrenia often have an altered perception of reality. They may see or hear things that don’t exist, speak in strange or confusing ways, believe that others are trying to harm them, or feel like they’re being constantly watched. This can make it difficult to negotiate the activities of daily life and people with schizophrenia may withdraw from the outside world or act out in confusion and fear.
Although schizophrenia is a chronic disorder, there is help available. With support, medication, and therapy, many people with schizophrenia are able to function independently and live fulfilling lives.
Understanding Schizophrenia: Schizophrenia is a challenging disorder but it can be successfully managed. The first step is to identify the signs and symptoms and recognize the early warning signs. MORE »
Helping a Person with Schizophrenia: If someone close to you has schizophrenia, you can make a huge difference by helping that person find the right treatment, cope with symptoms, and navigate the road to recovery. MORE »
Schizophrenia symptoms and treatment
- Understanding Schizophrenia: Symptoms, Types, Causes, and Early Warning Signs
- Schizophrenia Treatment and Recovery: Getting the Help and Support You Need
Helping others with schizophrenia
- Helping a Person with Schizophrenia: Overcoming Challenges While Taking Care of Yourself
- Suicide Prevention: How to Help Someone who is Suicidal
- Caregiver Stress and Burnout: Tips for Recharging and Finding Balance
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health: Substance Abuse and Co-Occurring Disorders
People with schizophrenia have an increased risk of attempting suicide, especially during psychotic episodes, periods of depression, and in the first six months after starting treatment. Any suicidal talk, threats, or gestures should be taken very seriously. Talking openly about suicidal thoughts and feelings can save a life. So don't wait: reach out. MORE »
Depression is a common symptom of schizophrenia. It can make you feel helpless, hopeless, or empty and numb, and make it tough to function and enjoy life like you once did. But there’s a lot you can do to change how you feel. With help and support, you can overcome depression and get your life back. MORE »