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When you have schizophrenia, your symptoms can sometimes come back. This is called a relapse. There are things you can do to help prevent a relapse.
Work with your doctor and take care of yourself.
Not taking medicine is the main cause of relapse.
If side effects are making your life hard, talk with your doctor to see whether you can try a different medicine. Your doctor may be able to change the medicine or how much you take.
Go to your sessions, and continue with your recovery plan.
If your doctor recommends family therapy, be sure to have all family members attend each session.
Self-help and support groups are usually run by the members of the group, not health professionals.
Have a plan for what you'll do when you notice signs, and get help right away. Common signs of relapse include:
An action plan says in writing what you can do to help prevent a relapse of schizophrenia and what you need to do if you have signs of a relapse. You will need the help of others to get through a relapse.
An action plan also lists the general signs of a relapse and those that may be special to you.
An action plan lists things that need to be taken care of during a relapse. Think about:
Action plans also can include legal documents. Write these when you have few or no symptoms, and ask your doctor and lawyer to help you.
Current as of:
June 16, 2021
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Kathleen Romito MD - Family MedicineChristine R. Maldonado PhD - Behavioral Health
Current as of: June 16, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Christine R. Maldonado PhD - Behavioral Health
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