n African Journal of Psychiatry - Caring for a loved one with schizophrenia : patients as partners - brought to you by the South African Depression and Anxiety Group




Discovering that someone you care about has schizophrenia can be traumatic. Making things worse is the need for long-term treatment to calm symptoms. A person with schizophrenia often becomes confused and agitated, which some may mistake as behaviour directed towards them.

Schizophrenia often places a difficult burden on families. Fortunately, there are steps families can take to make the situation easier, including contacting the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) on 0800 70 80 90 for information on the illness and referrals to mental health professionals. The key is for families to understand what they face when a loved one has schizophrenia.


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