November is National Family and Caregivers Month. It is important to spread awareness and help people understand the significance of being a caregiver. Thanking the people that help us or our loved ones, is very important. Caregivers dedicate a big part of their lives to taking care of someone else, which requires a lot of inner strength, support and care. Thanking them is the least we can do.
Being a caregiver for someone with schizophrenia can be a very difficult task. People with schizophrenia are in need of a considerable amount of support and care. Caregivers must be well educated about the disease, since dealing with a schizophrenic person requires caution. People with schizophrenia are in need of motivation. They need support in order to work, maintain relationships and many other things that a person without schizophrenia may not need support for.
Here are some ways that you can help a person suffering from schizophrenia live well:
- Stick with medications: People with schizophrenia are not able to see or understand how their medication helps them, and they often skip taking their medication on purpose. Try reminding them to take their medication and be present when they take their medication. Explain to them how their medications are helping them improve. If they refuse to take their medication, contact their doctor and ask for their advice.
- Maintain a healthy weight: Schizophrenia medications often have weight gain as a side effect. Helping your loved one maintain a healthy diet will not only help make their lifestyle healthier, but will also help them avoid possible weight gain. Make a healthy meal plan for them and help them follow it.
- Keep doctor appointments: People with schizophrenia often fail to recognize the symptoms of their disease, and do not believe that they suffer from a mental disorder. Insist on them visiting their doctor regularly. Treatment is necessary and shouldn’t be delayed.
- Intervene when needed: In many cases of people with schizophrenia, they often refuse treatment or help. If they become violent or become a danger to themselves, you or anyone else, do not hesitate to seek help. You may need to call the police, their doctor, or any other organization that can help.
Thanksgiving is almost here. Be thankful for the people who are always by your side and the ones who help and support you.
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