Schizophrenia is an illness that harms how your teen's brain works and how he or she thinks. It affects each person in a different way, both on a daily basis and over a lifetime.
Schizophrenia can change your teen in many ways. It may make it harder for your teen to think clearly, manage feelings, and deal with other people.
Most people who have schizophrenia hear and sometimes see things that are not there (hallucinations), often believe some things that are not true (delusions), and may think that some people are trying to harm them (paranoia).
Schizophrenia affects everyone around the person who has the illness. It can be hard to watch your teen develop symptoms and perhaps act in very different ways.
You may feel helpless, but you play an important role in your teen's treatment.
You probably will help support or take care of your teen. You can help your teen stay in treatment, take his or her medicines, and take an active role in his or her own recovery. You also can help your teen deal with symptoms and learn skills to help him or her get along better in the community.
Follow-up care is a key part of your teen's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your teen is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your teen's test results and keep a list of the medicines your teen takes.
Encourage good health habits
Call 911 anytime you think your teen may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your teen's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: December 7, 2017
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
& Christine R. Maldonado, PhD - Behavioral Health & Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
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