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Some symptoms of schizophrenia can be hard to treat, such as finding little or no pleasure in life and feeling no emotions. If someone you care for has schizophrenia, you may find these symptoms hard to deal with. The symptoms are often long-lasting and may make your loved one appear to be concerned only about himself or herself.
Encouraging social skills can help you and your loved one deal with these symptoms. Here are some things you can do.
Remember that the symptoms may go away, but it will take some time. Provide a sense of hope. And don't ask the person to make changes quickly.
Remember that what you may see as "being lazy" or having an "attitude problem" is the illness. Even though it may be very hard, don't get angry or upset. Support your loved one instead.
Encourage the person to focus on his or her own recovery goals. This may help the person reconnect with others.
These could be social events or small tasks around the house, such as sweeping the floor.
Current as of:
February 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Kathleen Romito MD - Family MedicineChristine R. Maldonado PhD - Behavioral Health
Current as of: February 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Christine R. Maldonado PhD - Behavioral Health
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