Hearing the word “schizophrenia” being applied to someone you love can be overwhelming and scary.
First off, keep in mind that this is a treatable illness. Second, when learning about the illness, make sure you’re learning from an accurate source—there are many movies and TV shows that portray people with these disorders completely inaccurately, and the internet often does, too.
There are all sorts of ways you can help your family member on their path to recovery. Each situation is somewhat different, and I offer family therapy (with or without the person with schizophrenia) to help guide you through the process and help you find the support you need. There are also family dynamics that change when a person is diagnosed with a serious mental illness. I can help you navigate those as well.
Although this can be hard at times, make taking care of yourself a priority. While supporting your loved one is important, you need to make sure you aren’t being consumed by caring for them. As they say on airplanes, put on your own oxygen mask first.
Request an appointment if you are ready to take the next step with parent/family therapy.
Also, be sure and check out our Resources and Information page for ideas on how to learn more about the illness and how to help your loved one.