Schizophrenia is a chronic mental illness that can have devastating effects on the patient's quality of life and affect his/her family and friends as well. The exact cause of schizophrenia is not known and there's no sure way to prevent it, but it can be treated. The disorder has a tendency to relapse, which can be devastating. Therefore, relapse prevention is critically important. Read to know ways to prevent schizophrenia and relapse of the disease.
Tips to prevent schizophrenia
If you are at an increased risk of schizophrenia (due to family history of schizophrenia or other mental illness), the risk of developing schizophrenia can be lowered by avoiding street drugs, maintaining healthy friendships and early treatment of depression, sadness and anxiety/fear, reducing stress and getting enough sleep.
Starting a treatment as soon as diagnosis in a schizophrenic is necessary to help minimise symptoms or prevent them from worsening. Experts say that response to treatment is best when the disorder is diagnosed and treated right away. Continuing medications and psychosocial treatment are important to prevent relapses or worsening of schizophrenia symptoms.
Tips to prevent relapse of the disease
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