What Not To Say To A Schizophrenic
Talking to normal people around you whether known or unknown is not a big deal.
But when it comes to talking to someone with a mental health disorder sounds a challenging task. There are ample things which can cause awkwardness and hesitation while communicating with the people with Schizophrenia.
Thoughts starts to run in our mind like- Will I sound intrusive? Will the person mind about me knowing his illness? What if they feel offended? What if we cannot handle the reaction?
So to be aware and avoid such awkward situations, here are some tips while talking with someone with Schizophrenia –
Do not ask Gas-lighting questions!
Never say to a Schizophrenic that they do not experience what they actually experience. This is called gas-lighting. Never do it!
I am a little mental “TOO”
A thief will never like to be called himself as a Thief. Same way it’s normal for normal people to say themselves mental. But the Schizophrenia patients cannot take it.
I can feel what you are going through
Actually we can’t. Since Schizophrenia is a mental and hidden disorder. And since we are not the one who are facing the reality, it’s the patient who is. So never try to console any Schizophrenic by using such words.
You don’t look like a patient of Schizophrenia?
At the end of the day they are humans right? So what is the difference? It is not like schizophrenia patients come with a tag of being the victim of it. So always avoid making such statements in front of the Schizophrenic.
You are not well!
Though they are suffering and going through tough times, never show pity to schizophrenic. Try to keep them happy instead of showing pity always. This will affect them in more negative way. Be happy around them don’t try to have valid opinions.
Do you really have many personalities?
It’s a commonly known that schizophrenia means you have a split personality, and an offensive one at that. But is it really appropriate to ask such questions?
Why don’t you try this or that…?
Never try to make yourself a therapist for the Schizophrenic. They are already going through a lot and also been suggested from many people already about the “You should try this” stuff. It’s really irritating for the Schizophrenic to hear this on loop.
The “To Do’s” to Treat Schizophrenia Symptoms –
The best time to treat schizophrenia is early as possible. The symptoms of schizophrenia can be distressing such as hallucinations which are distressing or belief systems such as abnormal bizarre beliefs that also might be upsetting.
The other reason to be treated early is some because that you lose touch with your family, friends, and social occupational functioning declines.
Firstly whenever we sense the symptoms of Schizophrenia it is always better to go to your doctor and talk about it. Here are some complimentary treatments which can go along with the “Traditional ones”. But most importantly medication is most vital in managing schizophrenia. These complimentary treatment should not replace the medicated care.
Treatment of Vitamin:
People with Schizophrenia often have low blood levels mainly folic acid and Vitamin B9. Taking supplements of these can help in reducing the symptoms. Also other that B9, vitamin B12 and B6 are helpful too.
Supplements of Fish Oils:
Inflammation is one main symptom which play important role when it comes to mental illness including Schizophrenia. Since Fish oil is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, these nutrients reduce the body inflammation.
The Gluten free diet is mostly found to be a reducing agent for schizophrenia. Also ketogenic diets have shown promising results on treating the symptoms. But again it is not appropriate to skip medication aver your diets. It should go hand in hand with Doctor’s concern.
It is a protein building block, it works with glutamine which aids in brain function. It mainly decreases the negative symptoms of Schizophrenia.