Caregiving Resources and Support: Helping You Provide the Best Care
- Check for any stressor or challenge that they might be facing
- Are we putting any unrealistic expectations?
- Check for Expressed Emotions
- Is that a warning sign for relapse?
- Don’t take things personally.
- Look for the trigger in that situation
- Give them time to heal from their illness.
- This could be a part of their illness. We should give them some time to recover from it.
- Although, make sure to keep a check on their safety when they are not around.
- Listen empathically.
- Provide a warm and emotionally comforting environment.
- Avoid convincing or arguing with the young person that their experiences are not true.
- Ask the young person to describe the symptoms and how he/ she feels about it
- Do all things with patience and understanding.
- Respect his/her decision if they do not want to talk about it.
It is not necessary to make up for the missed medication by taking a higher dosage as young people do not usually experience a relapse if they miss a few days of medication. However, frequent and prolonged non-adherence to the medication is strongly discouraged. Instead, continue at the dosage recommended by psychiatrist for daily consumption.
The psychiatrist usually advises young people to take medication for a minimum of six months to two years, depending on the young person’s progress in recovery, the type of psychotic disorder and the young person’s day to day coping. Psychiatrists may slowly decrease the medication dosage if the young person does not experience any relapse during the time he/she is on medication.
- Respectful, calm and a positive attitude
- Communicate openly and often with the doctors
- Work together to create short-term goals
- Genuinely praise and compliment your patients frequently, even for day-to-day activities.
- Seek help if there is an incident of violent behavior by the patient
- Accept the fact that the patient has illness
- NO. 99% of the times, patient is experiencing real symptoms.
- Educating yourself will help you deal better.
- Every individual has their own pace of recovery.