For many of us who have been diagnosed and treated for schizophrenia, finding and maintaining a strong support system has been instrumental in our recovery process.
For others, whose loved ones are unwell, learning the ins and outs of the medical system help give us the edge we need and the vehicle for understanding.
It's hard to ignore the big factor here and that is, fear of the unknown, but the first terms we can agree on is understanding and that is born out of mutual respect and, and of course, love.
My family stood by me throughout my illness and I will always be grateful to them and if it wasn't for them I wouldn't function as I do today or be able to work for, for that matter.
Even though there were times when we were distant, or when I was distracted by hallucinations or delusions, they were always there for me.
So you see the care-giver's role is to be patient and not give up hope, knowing that the patient will get better someday. My mother used to say "I knew you were in there somewhere" And it's the duty of the patient to try to recognize that his/her loved ones are available (like the health - care professional) to help when help is needed.
Hopefully when the dust settles and the clouds disappear, you can start those healthy relationships again.
Published On: May 20, 2009