Our efforts to scrap the stigma against mental health paid off, allowing a shift to a positive perspective about adult and children mental health to flourish. People learned to accept that mental disorders are led by physical abnormalities of the brain and not some kind of witchcraft.
Carefully and ethically dealing with people who have mental illnesses, however, is still foreign to most of us. Hence, mental health professionals of Homestead Mental Health Services, your provider of the PRP program in Maryland, give you a list of things to take into account when dealing with people who have mental disorders, specifically Schizophrenia.
- Hallucinations. People who have Schizophrenia have hallucinations that seem so real to them, and even though we deny it, they’ll always try to reinforce their beliefs. The best way to help them manage their hallucinations is to remind them to take their antipsychotic medications.
- Keeping track of medications. They want to halt taking their medications because of side effects like weight gain and palpitations. If this happens, remind them that this will put them at a greater risk for relapse and re-hospitalization. Also, ensure that they don’t take other medications alongside antipsychotic drugs because of their dangerous side effects.
- Symptom management is not perfect. Albeit the correct medication treatment, their symptoms cannot be completely managed. But, as long as the symptoms don’t interfere with their work or school, they’ll be fine.
- Hypersensitivity. They have very sensitive sensory input resulting in confusion and anxiety, so don’t force them to socialize.
- Seek professional intervention. Encourage them to seek help from our outpatient mental health clinic for them to better understand their condition and learn coping skills.