There's a lot of information to keep track of: meds, appointments, changes... Write them down in one place, such as a notebook or calendar, for when you talk to your doctor.
As difficult as it is to have schizophrenia, caring for someone you love with the illness can be just as difficult, but in different ways.
And although everyone's situation is different, one thing all caregivers can do is to remember to take care of themselves, too, both physically and emotionally. Many caregivers have found valuable help by talking with people in similar situations at support groups.
During a crisis, planning is vital. Keep a record of:
The more decisions you discuss and agree on ahead of time and put into writing when you're both thinking clearly, the easier it will be during a crisis.
If a person with schizophrenia has been feeling and acting better for a while, and then symptoms of schizophrenia return, a relapse may be starting.
This website summarizes important information about Fanapt. If you want more information, talk to your doctor.
If you have any questions, call Vanda Pharmaceuticals at:
Monday-Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm (EST)
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) provides support to people with mental illness and their families and friends.
1-866-615-6464 (toll free)
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) offers information on mental illness and treatment options.
Mental Health America is the country's oldest and largest non-profit organization for mental health and mental illness.