Schizophrenia can dramatically alter the life of both the patients and those close to them and those involved in their care.
For those involved in the patient’s care, it is often difficult to cope with psychotic episodes and the positive and negative symptoms experienced by the patient.
Caring for a close friend or family member with schizophrenia is a full time job. This makes it extremely difficult to care for the patient while having a career and caring for other family members.
In addition, those caring for the patient can experience tremendous loss and sadness, which can interfere with family and social life and workplace activities.