Learning about the illness can help you understand how it affects the person you care for and might make you feel more confident caring for them.
You can learn about the illness by going to carers groups or services. There you can meet others who may have been through similar experiences and get support and information. Most areas have carers groups or services. You can search online or contact local social services to enquire about different groups.
On trustworthy pages, you can also read about mental disorders.
Speak to the person you help when they are unwell about what signs they receive. You may find this helpful if they are unpleasant in the future. When you take and if you have any side effects, you can ask about what medications they are taking.
It can be quite upsetting if the person you care about does not want support. If they are treated under the Mental Health Act, nobody else can compel them to seek psychiatric care. Sometimes this is called “sectioning.”
It can help if you propose to attend and support an appointment with them. You may choose to wait outside the procedure or in the parking room because you do not want you to go to the meeting.
If the person that you endorse has irrational or paranoid beliefs, certain people like GPs may feel like conspiring against it. It is difficult to cope with and is normal whether the patient has delusions or struggles with schizophrenia.
If you try to refute the illusions explicitly, it will make matters worse. This could be by telling the doctor to help.
You might want to focus on the short term on other ways to ensure a healthy individual is safe and healthy and to ask social services for help.
Some may refuse to receive assistance even if you try to support it. It is important that you do not give up and remain hopeful. It might take a while to get assistance.
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