A severe and chronic disorder, Schizophrenia makes it difficult to tell what is real from what is unreal. It also makes it hard to have the right social skills to act in a social setting. It is characterized by dissociative and unclear thinking, hallucinations (both visual and auditory), and paranoia.
Some symptoms of this are:
- disordered thought
- flattened mood
- lack of pleasure
- memory problems
- a hard time focusing
Getting Help and Helping Yourself
1. Get treatment. Go to a therapist and tell them how you're feeling. They'll continue doing therapy with you and may recommend a psychiatrist who can give you medication. There are certain therapies that work well with Schizophrenia such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or Rehabilitation.
2. Get active in your treatment. Learn everything you can about schizophrenia; become an expert in the symptoms of schizophrenia.
3. Take your medication as instructed. Do not skip medicine and if you feel that the side effects are too much, or there is some other reason you do not want to take your medicine, tell your doctor! If you are not on medications, then skip this step.
4. Stick to a daily routine. Make sure you get adequate sleep every night with a consistent bedtime. Eat three balanced meals a day and exercise regularly.
5. Reach out for support and build relationships. Start with your friends and family, they need to know what you're going through in order to help you. Make sure not to isolate yourself, this can only make things worse.
6. Avoid alcohol and drugs. Alcohol is a depressant and slows your body down, this can cause your symptoms of depression to worsen.