Tips To Stay Home With Paranoid Schizophrenics?
, my uncle who has paranoid schizophrenia with delusions of chasing lives in our family home. He was not aware of his illness, and we found it difficult to take him to a psychiatrist. More than 1 year out of the house (feel people will be harmed), the longer the emotions as well as his behavior towards us the people closest to him even more difficult to guess.
Hello, thank you for asking.
Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that affects a person's thinking patterns and processes. One of the most common types of schizophrenia is paranoid schizophrenia. People with paranoid schizophrenia have symptoms to always feel "paranoia", or always feel suspicious of something, have delusions (a belief that conflicts with applicable norms), and have hallucinations.
People with mental disorders (ODGJ) in their care really need the support of family and those closest to them. The family must play an active role in supporting ODGJ in order to be able to carry out normal and independent activities in living life.
Living together with ODGJ is indeed not easy. Things you can do as the closest person is:
Understand the disease as well as possible. Learning about schizophrenia, symptoms, and how to deal with it will make the family better able to understand ODGJ patients.
Join the schizophrenia community. This can help you to share experiences, advice, discuss, exchange information in the community. By joining the community, this can also be worthy of support, to continue to be motivated in carrying out the recovery of patients with schizophrenia.
Bring the patient to the medical team. In ancient times, many ODGJ were exiled and put in jail because they were dangerous. This will not solve the problem, bring ODGJ patients to the hospital to see a psychiatrist to get appropriate therapy and treatment. The faster it is carried, the better it is for patient recovery and the more minimal the impact of schizophrenia on those around.
Support ODGJ patients by always accompanying them in treatment, always motivating and reminding the importance of taking medication regularly.
Motivation for independent living. This can be achieved if the patient is aware of his illness, always taking medication regularly and regardless of delusions and hallucinations.
No need to debate what he believes and his imagination. This is not necessary because people with schizophrenia do experience the imagination as a real thing. As healthy people, we can simply respond with "I didn't hear or see"
Note the progress of the disease and its development.
Patients with schizophrenia without treatment do not realize that they are sick. Symptoms of schizophrenia do not always appear all the time, sometimes it is triggered by something, and there will be times when patients interact like normal people. Try to take him to the doctor and suggest to the patient for treatment not because of his schizophrenia, but because of insomnia, or physical complaints that the patient feels. This might help the patient not feel that he is "crazy". By a psychiatrist, your uncle will be given medicines that can control his delusions and hallucinations.
Thus, hopefully can help.
Greetings, Dr. Novalia A