People living with schizophrenia deserve to live a happy, fulfilled life. To do so, they often need assistance from caregivers. While this may seem daunting at first, if carried out with highest levels of love, affection and care, being a caregiver can be rewarding.
Schizophrenia symptoms are tough to handle if a caregiver isn't familiar with the disorder. Schizophrenia affects 1 in every 100 people in South Africa, and the symptoms include,
People living with schizophrenia may experience hallucinations of a visual, auditory and tactile nature. When they experience these hallucinations, it's important to accept that this is their reality and not be dismissive.
People living with schizophrenia often have trouble organising their thoughts and may zone out with a blank stare on their face. When they eventually talk, their speech patterns are unclear and rarely make sense as the words often come out jumbled.
A person living with schizophrenia will have trouble concentrating and lose track of activities that are usually easy to keep up with. This prevents them from focusing and absorbing information.
Some people with schizophrenia experience catatonic behaviour, meaning they are jumpy and repeat the same movements over and over again. Other times, they sit completely still for hours. While these symptoms are common, it's important to note that not all people living with schizophrenia will experience the same symptoms and just as crucial, not all people living with schizophrenia are violent.
To help you assist someone living with schizophrenia, here are a few tips from medical professionals.
Depending on the severity of their symptoms, a person living with schizophrenia may need assistance with simple tasks. This may include scheduling appointments, transportation to these appointments, creating routines and setting up a peaceful environment that prevents stress to a person with schizophrenia.
People living with schizophrenia will need to have a treatment plan that manages their symptoms and allows medical professionals to track their progress. Treatment options may include,