What is Schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is a severe long-term mental health condition. The condition is a type of psychosis which interprets individual’s reality abnormally and requires lifelong treatment.


Symptoms list:

  • Hallucinations

  • Delusions

  • Extreme disordered thinking

  • Confusion


If you are experiencing the above symptoms of schizophrenia, you would be well advised to see a GP as soon as possible.

Did you know?

Schizophrenia affects around 1 in every 100 people over the course of their life.

Supporting those with schizophrenia

Do your best

Helping your loved one to feel better and enjoy life as much as possible is vital. Recovery is entirely possible, and your support will play a key part in that process. By maintaining a sense of humour and being hopeful, you can help your friend or family member to enjoy life.

Don’t forget that recovery is possible

It is a common myth that people with schizophrenia cannot get better or live a full and meaningful. Try not to get bogged down by this myth, it is untrue. Your loved one can have a fulfilling future with your support and professional treatment.

Accept that difficulties will arise

Nothing is ever easy, and your loved one’s recovery will come with some bumps along the way. The best approach is to accept the illness and the difficulties it may bring. Helping your loved one on the road to recovery will be challenging, but extremely rewarding.

Educate yourself

Getting clued up on schizophrenia’s symptoms and recommended treatment will allow you to make informed decisions with your loved one. As with many things, it is best to take your time and evaluate all of the options when recommending solutions to the person affected by the condition.


Supporting yourself – how to cope with schizophrenia

Remember you can enjoy a fulfilling, meaningful life

With the right treatment, many people suffering with schizophrenia are able to live a fulfilling life and pursue meaningful activities. So, make sure you remain positive and seek the right treatment.

Evaluate your lifestyle choices and make changes

Evaluating your lifestyle choices will play an important part on your road to recovery. Keeping an eye on your food intake and exercise regime is important. Try your best to eat regularly and maintain a healthy diet. Get into the fresh air. Walking can be a great way of relaxing. Such minor tweaks can have a positive impact on your mood and could improve symptoms. Our top tips are to limit your caffeine intake and start your day with a healthy, fresh breakfast.

Acceptance is key for recovery

As daunting as a diagnosis of schizophrenia can be, it is treatable. Taking a proactive role to be positive, seek help and implement self-help strategies are all key when you have schizophrenia. But most importantly, learning to accept your diagnosis will aid your recovery and make the process easier to handle.

Silence the stigma

Many fears and opinions of schizophrenia are not factual or based on reality. While it is important to take your condition seriously, it is key not to buy into the stigma that surrounds schizophrenia. The best advice is to take each day as it comes and take your GP’s guidance seriously.


Alongside the support of your GP, our one-to-one Support Workers can help in many ways if you are experiencing schizophrenia, particularly if it is preventing you from leading a normal life. Support is available from Independent Living West Country, and you can find out more here.

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