Help For Paranoid Schizophrenia

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How to get help for paranoid schizophrenia symptoms. The definition of psychosis is that the person has sensory experiences of things that do not exist and/or beliefs with no basis in reality.

This article contains basic instructions and resources for families, loved ones, and those afflicted with schizophrenia, schizophrenia with paranoia, and/or psychosis.


Empathy goes a long way.

If they hear voices or seeing things that you don’t hear or see, that doesn’t mean they are crazy or imagining it, they are literally experiencing a nightmare while awake. To the afflicted, these experiences are very real. They might still have a foot in reality while having the other foot in their dream, so don’t assume they are crazy, but they are experiencing symptoms of a brain illness.

How would you feel though you woke up from a dream and then were told, “There was no dream, you’re crazy. There’s nothing there!” Yet you saw your dream, touched things while you were there, smelled it, heard stuff, interacted with people in your dream. How would you feel if someone else told you that you were just crazy? Told you that you weren’t just there? Let me tell you how you’d feel, pretty insulted.

If a person suffers hearing voices, there are voices there, even though only they can hear them. Don’t call them crazy, just because they hear voices. To say there’s nothing there and they are crazy is nothing short of insulting to the person’s intelligence, and hurtful.


Get them to the doctor.

When the person hears voices or seeing things, it doesn’t mean there’s not still a sane person in there, even though they are being tormented by hallucinations. Ask if they are willing to get help, they very well might agree they need it. If the person agrees, get them to their doctor, or to the emergency room for a doctor on call, as soon as possible.

You might not realize this but there is a very high percentage of mentally ill people in mental hospitals that went there voluntarily, because they realized they needed help. It is always better for the person to cooperate and ask for help. Try giving them the opportunity to agree.


The afflicted refuses help? Call the police.

Living in a psychosis state is very dangerous to both the afflicted and to the people in their path. Try to talk the afflicted person into getting help. If they refuse help, you must protect yourself, your loved ones, and the public from a runaway mind, and call the police.

A person in a state of psychosis that doesn’t recognize they need help is like a person sleepwalking, but with their eyes open. They are dreaming things while awake, and cannot separate the two, they can’t tell the dream from the reality. These people are unpredictable, dangerous, and those who approach should be aware of this.

The afflicted must be kept safe in a controlled environment, like a mental hospital, or even jail, under strict supervision. Police can take them to the hospital, with cuffs on if necessary. There, professional psychiatric doctors and nurses can make sure that the person with the illness gets onto the proper anti-psychotic medications, and stabilizes, under supervision.


Learn all you can about living with the illness.

Did you know that 70% of people diagnosed with Schizophrenia, with proper treatment, medication, and emotional support, recover well enough to live completely normal lives?

Just because a person is mentally ill does not mean they are a lost cause. Healing is possible, even likely.

Explore search engines for crisis centers, crisis lines, support centers, family supports and employment or financial resources in your local area mental health resources, state/provincial mental health resources, and also national mental health resources.

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Conclusion

It is not easy to support someone with Schizophrenia. It is a hard illness to deal with. As a loved one of someone with Schizophrenia, you probably need encouragement yourself. You yourself might feel hopeless, but it is not hopeless. Healing is possible. It takes time. Talking to someone helps. Call a mental health crisis line. Tell them what you are going through.

The person suffering has been told by people that they are crazy, hopeless, and imagining things. They might even believe it. They may never have hurt anyone in their entire lives, yet they have been shamed. Be supporting, encourage them, help them find hope in healing, as with treatment, they will once again learn how to sort out their scattered thoughts.

There is no shame in loving someone with a mental illness.  The person suffering an illness is still valuable and deserves the chance to heal. Be a beacon of hope, patience and support.


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22 thoughts on “Help For Paranoid Schizophrenia”

  1. I think that getting help is always good but it is not a good thing to assume that someone has such and such condition. I think that with the right diet, exercise, and reworking coaching the mind by an expert you can turn it around. How has paranoid schizophrenia affected your reality? How has it made you think twice about your state of being?

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    • This is exactly the kind of attitude that hinders healing. Psychosis is nothing to scoff at, and for the afflicted, medication is necessary. Psychosis is not an attitude, it is a terrible and dangerous illness that must be treated urgently. It means the physical brain is malfunctioning, and it is obvious to those around even when it might not be obvious to the person suffering. 

      Don’t assume I have or have had paranoid schizophrenia. You are breaking your own advice. Schizophrenia with paranoia is just one type of schizophrenia, one that I never had. I suffered Post-Partum Psychosis. Mine was caught early, and I got the help I needed. I very badly needed that help, even though when I originally had my psychosis I didn’t think so, I was in a manic state, thinking too fast without reason, on almost no sleep, no food, and with a newborn at home. It was a chemical imbalance, a neurological malfunction.

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  2. Hello Elaine, this is really a nice article; thank you for taking your time to share this post to guide us on help for Paranoid Schizophrenia. Those that are mentally ill go through a lot of terrible times and deep pain. Being loved would be a way to help them and lead them to agree that they can recover. They deserve to be loved, they deserve to live normal again. I’m so excited to know that they can be healed again. Thanks for the tips and encouragement.

    Regards!

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    • Getting the word out there is very important. There is so much misunderstood by the public that many think that schizophrenia sufferers are dangerous, when, after successful treatment, are very normal, despite the trauma that they went through. Yes there is a lot of deep pain, one might feel betrayed by those closest, especially if their loved ones are disrespectful and cast judgement, then there’s the shame. There is much pity for those with something like Parkinson’s disease or ALS, but when someone hears the word schizophrenia there is hatred and judgement, simply because someone who wasn’t treated in time got out of control. The stigma of ongoing danger to others and quick judgement is extremely unfair to those who got treatment and recovered.

      Sorry I’m done my rant lol. Yes, healing is possible and even likely, as long as they get professional help quickly! 1 in every 100 people go through this, it is important for the public to understand, full recovery is possible after treatment. Like you said, this is good news! Glad to share. Feel free to share my page with others.

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  3. Oh well, I’ve never approached psychosis from this perspective. Clearly, the experiences they get are actually nightmares while awake. That just seems really sad. Perhaps, empathy could really be the way to help sufferers in this regard.  Like you said, they perceive these feelings, sounds and visions as real, I cannot then, begin to imagine how they’d feel if they were laughed at or called crazy.

    Admittedly, supporting someone with schizophrenia is not as easy as it sounds, especially when the victim is a loved one. It also takes its toll on you. But if I’ve learnt anything from here today, it is the idea that healing is possible and as such, they shouldn’t be treated with any less respect. 

    This has been really informative. Thanks for sharing

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    • I think most people have never approached psychosis from this perspective. I’ve gone through it, and I have insight to describe it while looking at it more objectively. As only 1 in 100 get this illness, there is little wonder why so much is misunderstood, it’s extremely difficult to understand what is going on in someone else’s head.

      Thank you for reading. I hope my hard-learned education makes a difference for others.

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  4. Great website for those not familiar or perhaps have friends or family struggling with this mental illness. Working by day in the public sector dealing with inpatient psych patients, this matter hits close to home as I daily see what our patients struggle with and schizophrenia is just one of many types. The more people are informed and educated knowing there are resources out there, the more compassion and empathy we’re willing to show as a society, community and advocate for the world. Spread the message!

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    • Thank you so much for your encouragement. It is my hope with this website to help the general public learn more empathy and less quick judgement. These patients are vulnerable and need advocates. Please share this article with your friends and colleagues. Much appreciated.

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  5. Hi! Your post has helped me understand a bit more about this mental illness. Thank you very much for explaining that the fact that somebody has this mental illness doesn’t mean they are a lost case. A lot of them with proper treatment can live normal lives. That was so refreshing to read.

    Also knowing that empathy is a key factor can help us give our first steps towards recovery. I’m grateful the beloved member of our family suffering from this illness is willing to seek for help.

    Thank you very much for this post!

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    • Much obliged, you are welcome. I’m glad your loved one accepted help. It is important to get the word out there, so please spread the word. Thanks 🙂

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  6. Thanks for sharing this article Elaine, this was interesting for me as my grandad suffered from paranoid schizophrenia a few years back and especially in the early stages it was hard to work out what was going on with him. As we couldn’t see the issues but we knew something wasnt so we went to see the doctor. 

    Its important to spread awareness of this and you have done so well with this article

    Thanks for sharing, 

    Josh

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    • How is your grandad now? Did treatment make a positive difference? I’m glad you spoke to his doctor. Thank you for sharing, – Elaine

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  7. I thank you for sharing such a beautiful Article. Has identified the symptoms of how paranoid schizophrenia can be diagnosed. You can easily diagnose paranoid schizophrenia patients by reading this article. And it is very difficult to deal with this schizophrenia and illness. And I will share your article with everyone and everyone will know.

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    • Excellent, thank you for sharing, yes the point is to get the word out there. I hope that many future people who suffer these symptoms might get the help they need sooner rather than later, and without being shamed. I hope people learn to recognize the symptoms early and get them to help. Spread the word.

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  8. Thanks a lot for such an amazing review about Help For Paranoid Schizophrenia and explanations are given.

    If we see that a person suffering from Paranoid Schizophrenia is not joking and we have to help and if we see that it is very serious to take them to a specialist doctor. A very good article on how we should help friends with Paranoid Schizophrenia.

    Thanks again and keep in touch!

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  9. This is a nice article, I completely agree that with the right help, people who are experiencing mental illness can get through it and become stronger in the long run. Your post can be applied to other kinds of mental illness other than schizophrenia and psychosis which is very helpful. 

    What I’m wondering though is what are you supposed to do when someone clearly has a mental illness that is becoming a problem, but they don’t see it as a problem, so therefore they refuse and do not acknowledge that they need help? They aren’t harming anyone physically though, so there is no need to call the police. Do you just keep an eye on them?

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    • Your question brings up a touchy subject… I will share my thoughts on it. When a person’s mental illness is becoming a problem to the people around them, but they think they don’t need help, letting it go and waiting can make things worse. In the case of Schizophrenia, early treatment is critical for recovery, and letting bad habits/thoughts to continue re-enforces bad neurological patterns, making recovery more difficult.

      After approaching the person to get help, and they refuse, I would talk to their doctor with or without their permission, to make sure they get treatment. That person’s future is at stake, they deserve a chance to recover, and may not be aware that they are in danger themselves of mental health degradation. Don’t leave it. Take the initiative to ask for professional help. If you try to force it yourself they might become combative. Tread lightly.

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  10. This is very good advice and what many people need to read and understand. It is very easy for people who do not suffer a mental illness to call someone who does, crazy. You do not have to know everything about a person’s mental illness, or any illness for that matter, to show empathy towards them.

    In my day job I work as a medical transportation driver.I chose this occupation because after 25 years in the tech industry I wanted to do something totally radical to what I was used to and that helped people with some form of disability. You need to be a people person and have compassion to show empathy.

    They say that you can know a persons character by how they treat people who are less fortunate than they are. I cannot say for sure if I have transported someone with Schizophrenia but I have helped many people with mental illness and some that many insensitive people would call crazy. The tips you have shared here will help anyone that reads this.

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    • Thank you so much for your helpful contribution to this post. It is true what you say about people having the tools to show empathy, I’ve tried talking to people about it and they can be so hard-headed, not able to accept or forgive innocent people, just because they have an illness in common with someone who might have been violent.

      Good on you for helping people with disabilities. Dealing with a mental illness can be a real hindrance to keeping employment, income, and due to not being able to afford (or possibly unable to drive) a car, transportation can be a difficulty as well. What makes it harder is often, to get a job, one who has beat the positive symptoms must pretend nothing is wrong with them. This is because of fear and stigma of the public. Yet, usually, it shows through in negative symptoms.. lost track of time, forgetting dates, trouble with anxiety, depression, these things may be side-effects from medication, and they get in the way of success.

      Having people with good character treat these less fortunate individuals with kindness and respect go a long way to helping bolster self-esteem. Sufferers of this illness can be so ashamed of themselves. It’s a very sad situation, and these people don’t deserve it. Some rise above and find a niche to help others, and so find purpose in their lives. Blogging is doing so for me. I can’t keep a job for the life of me. Yet I know I have something valuable to contribute, so I am motivated at this.

      I really appreciate you helping with medical transportation with kindness and respect. Thank you. God bless.

      Elaine

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