Whether you are supporting a son, daughter, cousin, spouse, uncle, or friend with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder, you can make a difference by getting involved in the recovery process of your loved one. He or she can make a difference in your life too.
As a caregiver, you may be able to help your loved one get the right treatment options to help manage his or her symptoms. You also can help him or her to set and work toward goals and create a recovery plan.
After hearing a loved one’s mental health diagnosis, you may struggle with feelings of hopelessness, fear, frustration, or anger. You may wonder if you are responsible for causing the condition.
Keep in mind that these conditions are no one’s fault–nobody did anything to cause them. When you can accept that your loved one is living with this condition, you can start to move forward in the recovery journey.
Caregiving is a 2-way relationship. You work together to support each other in a way that is respectful and satisfying for each of you.
As in any relationship, there are likely to be conflicts, misunderstandings, and different feelings that arise. Remember, it takes time and effort to build trust, understand one another’s needs, and communicate openly and effectively.
The recovery process is a lifelong journey with ups and downs along the way. It’s important to celebrate the successes and achievements. Remember during the more challenging or stressful times that there is hope.
Your loved one may be able to live a productive and meaningful life—and you can be a part of his or her recovery journey.