Don’t Fear Visiting a Loved One With Schizophrenia

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Don’t Fear Visiting a Loved One With Schizophrenia

Don’t Fear Visiting a Loved One With SchizophreniaIt can be very frightening when you hear that a family member or friend has been diagnosed with Schizophrenia. Usually the diagnosis comes with many preconceived judgments and you may stray away from visiting that person if they are in a mental health treatment facility. You even may have been there to witness a psychotic episode and you fear you may see another one.

It is completely natural to feel anxiety when visiting someone with such an intense mental illness – especially if they are in a psychiatric hospital setting. However, it is important to replace that fear with strength and prepare yourself for the situation.

How do you do that? Perhaps you, too, struggle with a mental illness and feel as though you have some insight into how they're feeling. Use your own experience or knowledge to help them gain the strength they need to understand their own illness and move forward in a positive way. It is also important to know where they stand in their treatment and decide whether or not it is an okay time to discuss their situation. Not everyone is ready to talk about their mental health status and just being there to support them (How to Provide Schizophrenia Help to Your Loved One) may be what they need to push forward towards a healthy future.

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Today's Question: What are some ways you could prepare yourself before visiting a loved one with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, addiction or any other mental illness, in a mental health treatment facility? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page and on the HealthyPlace Google+ page.


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APA Reference
Staff, H. (2014, September 9). Don’t Fear Visiting a Loved One With Schizophrenia, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 23 from

Last Updated: September 9, 2014

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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