While the treatment plans that include psychotherapy and antipsychotic drugs are critical to a schizophrenic patient’s ability to return to some sense of normalcy, a patient’s attitude is also telling of how successful that treatment will be.
For example, if a person who has schizophrenia is in a negative frame of mind, constantly doubting the efficacy of the treatment he is receiving, the chances of the treatment working are not very good.
On the other hand, if a schizophrenic patient commits himself to get better and constantly strives to maintain a healthy lifestyle and follow his doctor’s orders, his chances of recovery certainly improve.
Here are four ways to keep a positive attitude during treatment for schizophrenia:
1. Set goals and work toward them.
You don’t have to set and reach dramatic goals in order to achieve success. In fact, it’s better if you set attainable goals that you can accomplish in the near future, then set the bar higher and higher as you become stronger mentally, emotionally and physically.
2. Be an active participant in your treatment.
From taking your medication regularly and as directed to stay in touch with your doctors and therapists, you, as the patient, have the biggest say in your treatment. Don’t underestimate the power of being involved in your own care plan.
3. Find outlets or hobbies that make you happy and stick with them.
While medication and therapy have their place in your treatment, you should try finding other ways of making yourself feel better by clearing your mind and improving your mood. If you enjoy running or yoga, set aside time each day to do these things. If you like animals, volunteer at an animal shelter or offer to walk a loved one’s dog. If you are an avid reader, read a few chapters every day from your favorite author or genre.
4. Don’t let the stigma affect you.
Unfortunately, people will always have their own preconceived thoughts and ideas about schizophrenia and other mental health issues. These notions might be completely false or far off base, but that’s their problem, not yours. You are only responsible for yourself and your own treatment. Instead of giving attention to the stigma surrounding mental disorders, focus your time, energy and emotions on your treatment and recovery. Your health is what is most important.
For help in the fight against mental illness, reach out to us. We want to help you take back control of your mental health.