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It’s Time to Reclassify Schizophrenia

Those of us who have family members diagnosed with schizophrenia know that this is a brain illness and not a behavioral disorder. We know this because we’ve already tried everything we’re told to do and nothing helps. Except meds. Meds can help. Meds don’t manage behaviors, though. Meds can help the underlying brain [...]

2018-09-06T13:36:51+00:00 May 8th, 2018|Schizophrenia|0 Comments

When the Caregiver Needs Care

We’re all superheroes, aren’t we? At least that’s what we think. Our loved ones rely on us for so much, and we do what we need to because we love them. We don’t mind that we have to care for them because we understand that their pain is far worse than anything we [...]

2018-09-06T13:41:02+00:00 May 1st, 2018|Schizophrenia|0 Comments

What Is Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT)?

Perhaps you’ve heard of Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT), or perhaps you have no idea what it is. This blog entry will give you an overview of what AOT is and what it isn’t. There is so much misinformation out there that I feel clarification is in order. Also, I want to state that [...]

2018-09-06T16:33:20+00:00 April 25th, 2018|Schizophrenia|0 Comments

When Psychosis Results in Holes in the Walls

Many people who experience psychosis experience anxiety and anger so severe that they strike out at walls, doors, and furniture. This is not the same thing as being a danger to themselves or a danger to others. It can become a dangerous situation if it’s not handled well by family or others in [...]

2018-09-06T16:40:05+00:00 April 17th, 2018|Schizophrenia|0 Comments

When Your Loved One Can’t Get to the Doctor

About two and a half years ago, my family member had an experience that caused a deeply held delusion. At least, I think it was an actual incident. It could just as easily have been a psychotic delusion that started this firmly held delusion. My family member had been put on an involuntary psychiatric [...]

2018-09-06T16:53:34+00:00 March 22nd, 2018|Schizophrenia|0 Comments

Dealing with Substance Use in Schizophrenia

Did your family member use street drugs long before they were diagnosed with schizophrenia? I know mine did. In the beginning, I thought the drugs were causing the odd behaviors I was noticing. I was trying to make sense of what was going on and actually hoped it was due to drug abuse. [...]

2018-09-07T13:22:38+00:00 March 16th, 2018|Schizophrenia|0 Comments

Psychosis vs. Schizophrenia, Part II

In an earlier blog about psychosis vs. schizophrenia we talked about symptoms of psychosis and symptoms of schizophrenia and how they differ. Psychosis is a major symptom of schizophrenia but can also be due to many other diagnoses. People with urinary tract infections, for instance, can have bouts of psychosis. Alzheimer’s patients may [...]

2018-09-07T13:34:26+00:00 March 5th, 2018|Schizophrenia|0 Comments

The Mysteries of HIPAA

For caregivers of people with schizophrenia, one of the most difficult barriers to assisting in our loved ones’ treatment can be the misinterpretation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).  Even though this Act became law in 1996, there is still much confusion about what HIPAA does and does not do. HISTORY [...]

2018-09-07T13:41:18+00:00 February 9th, 2018|Schizophrenia|0 Comments

What is Anosognosia?

Caring for Someone with Schizophrenia As family caregivers forge ahead and learn more and more about schizophrenia there’s an important characteristic of the disorder to be aware of and to learn how to deal with. It’s called “lack of insight” or "anosognosia." What is Anosognosia? How Does it Affect Schizophrenia Treatment? Anosognosia is often [...]

2018-09-07T13:49:48+00:00 October 30th, 2017|Schizophrenia|0 Comments