How to Cope and Live with Schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia can be one of the most troubling and difficult mental disorders to deal with. This disorder is difficult to accept and friends and family may also find it difficult to deal with. As with any mental disorder however, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and it can be managed effectively. This article looks at how you can cope and live with Schizophrenia:

Schizophrenia – a brief overview

As we know, Schizophrenia is known as a split personality disorder but this isn’t strictly true. Those suffering from the disorder can experience muddle thoughts, rapid changes in behaviour, delusions and hallucinations.

Methods of self-care for Schizophrenia

People can live normal lives with Schizophrenia but adjustments must be made, and of course medication is also hugely important. Those suffering with the disorder will usually have a combination of tailored medicine, and also receive CBT or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – this will help them manage the mental confusion and upheaval. The below are some other things that you can do to help manage your condition:

Avoid drugs, alcohol & smoking

Drugs, smoking and alcohol can all have a negative impact on your health. Furthermore, they can also cause huge side effects that will only worsen your condition. Alcohol can be consumed in moderate amounts, but it should never be used as a coping mechanism. Furthermore, smoking and drugs can only serve to worsen your health and make managing Schizophrenia more difficult.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle

You should strive to maintain a balanced diet and eat healthily. Ensure that you ingest a balance of vitamins and also exercise regularly. This can help relieve stress and keep your body as balanced as possible. Furthermore, it will help reduce the risk of certain diseases, and prevent you from gaining excessive weight which can only exacerbate your Schizophrenia.

Seek help and never struggle alone

The most important part of dealing with Schizophrenia is to never suffer alone! Your friends, family and doctors are all there to help and support. If you feel particularly low, or can feel a relapse approaching; don’t sit there in silence.