Dating someone who is schizophrenic

Most people with schizophrenia want treatment and can be persuaded to accept it.

The sooner the interviews take place, the better.” — a mother“His doctor wouldn't speak to us and we didn’t find out why until later.

The reason for confidentiality should be explained by hospital staff.” — a wife and a son During the first hospitalization, you may learn for the first time that your relative has schizophrenia.

They may not understand the need for treatment, but as a family member, partner or friend you should urge them to go to a doctor, community psychiatrist, or the emergency department of the nearest psychiatric or general hospital.

Depending on the severity of symptoms, treatment may be recommended on an outpatient basis or in hospital.

Most hospitals have trained staff who will talk about what is happening and who can offer some guidance.

Schizophrenia is not caused by family pressure or parental errors.

The danger of families and relationships splitting apart under the stress of facing a serious illness can be all too real.

It is important for family members, partners and friends to talk to each other openly about their concerns and to find ways to support each other during this difficult time.

Family involvement In recent years, hospital staff have become increasingly aware that families are important partners in treatment.

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