If you have a loved one experiencing schizophrenia, it can be tough standing on the sidelines. From hallucinations to anhedonia to cognitive impairment, our symptoms can be difficult to understand.
What should I say? How can I comfort them? What can I do to help? These are all questions I’ve been asked from caregivers, family members, and friends on how to support their loved ones.
Here are five of the best ways to start being an advocate for schizophrenia, from someone who lives with it. I want to preface by saying I am not a mental health professional, and that these recommendations are based on own my lived experience with schizoaffective disorder and what has helped me.