“I live permanently in two worlds. The everyday life in which I have to focus on essential matters like working to get food and the world of symbols and what I like to call echoes. If I don’t take medication the symbolism surrounding me gets too obsessive, and I lose grip on the everyday. The main effects are rather huge waves of glorious euphoria or very long moments of deep anxiety. And each of them for very specific reasons relative to the Ideas. Medication just gives me the guts to push the Ideas to the side and stay focused on everyday reality.”
The above is how a person with schizophrenia describes his life. This individual is lucid; not all people with the disorder are so lucky. This article examines how family members care for a loved one with schizophrenia and how they must set personal boundaries or be consumed by quiet desperation.
Six tips for family members and friends
Caretakers take care
HelpGuide.org advises caretakers to put on their own oxygen mask first. It is an apt metaphor. A caretaker who is emotionally and physically spent benefits no one. The site has the following recommendations:
Sovereign Health Group’s Fort Myers and Pompano Beach treatment facilities offer comprehensive treatment for individuals with schizophrenia. We provide education and support to families. Our behavioral health programs treat the underlying causes that fuel mental health or substance abuse issues. We encourage family and friends to participate in the individual’s recovery. Call for more information.
About the author:
Darren Fraser is a content writer for Sovereign Health Group. He worked two and half years as reporter and researcher for The Yomiuri Shimbun until they realized he did not read, speak or write Japanese and fired him. Undeterred, he channels his love of research into unearthing stories that provide hope to those dealing with addiction and mental illness. Darren loves the Montreal Canadiens hockey club and horror films and would prefer to enjoy these from the comforts of his family’s farm in Quebec. For more information about this media, contact the author at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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