Tips and Tools

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.

  • List all the meds (and dosages) you're supposed to take each day.
  • Together with your doctor, set treatment goals. Write them down as a checklist to track your progress.

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.

Caregivers have a lot to keep track of, too.

During a crisis, planning is vital. Keep a record of:

  • The names and contact numbers of their doctors and support team.
  • A list of all medications (and dosages) they're taking.
  • A short history of their experience with the disease, including when he or she was diagnosed, and a record of episodes and how they were handled.
  • It's also helpful to decide ahead of time which medical center they prefer if hospitalization becomes necessary.

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.

Signs of relapse:

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.

Some early warning signs of relapse include:

  • Reappearance of psychotic symptoms such as delusions or hallucinations
  • Restless sleep
  • Feeling tense or fearful
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Acting agitated and irritable
  • Difficulty with simple, everyday tasks; an inability to cope

If signs of relapse concern you, contact a doctor immediately.

Resources:

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:
1-844-468-2632
Monday-Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm (EST)

Other resources:

www.nami.org
1-800-950-NAMI (6264)
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) provides support to people with mental illness and their families and friends.

www.nimh.nih.gov
1-866-615-6464 (toll free)
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) offers information on mental illness and treatment options.

www.mentalhealthamerica.net
Mental Health America is the country's oldest and largest non-profit organization for mental health and mental illness.


 

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