Schizophrenia can be a lifelong battle, but recovery is possible in many cases.
The National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) estimates that about half of those with schizophrenia can recover with the correct treatment. While there is no cure for schizophrenia, living with the disease is certainly possible. A patient is said to be in recovery from schizophrenia when they exhibit few or no symptoms for an extended period of time. Those in recovery have the ability to hold jobs, live independently, and they experience healthy relationships with their loved ones.
Treatment is different for everyone—some care plans work exceedingly well for some people, while they don’t work at all on another person. Following these basic steps can give you a chance at recovery and living your life to the fullest.
Keep up with medical care and mental health care
Caring for your mind is equally as important as caring for your mind, especially when it comes to treating a mental condition. Be sure that you are being seen regularly by your primary care physician, your psychiatrists, and your psychologists, as well as any other doctors or specialists involved in your care. Don’t skip appointments or become complacent and lapse in your treatment. Even though it can be difficult at times to stay on your recovery journey, the end result will be worth the struggle.
Attend support groups and other meetings
Though it can be difficult, talking about your experience with schizophrenia can often help unload the burden that your mental condition places on you. A schizophrenia support group can be helpful in finding companions for your recovery journey and also provide a source of comfort and socialization. Day programs can also provide support and activity during the day and can help you cope with symptoms.
Take care of yourself
Getting sufficient sleep, avoiding drug and alcohol usage, and practicing good hygiene habits are hugely important in recovery from a mental illness. Though these tasks can often be overwhelming, feeling good about yourself is crucial to transitioning back into your everyday routine. Once you feel better physically, you become empowered and motivated to feel better mentally.
We want to see you recover from your struggles. Reach out to us if you would like help taking back control of your mental health.