- If you feel much resentment, you are giving too much.
- It is as hard for the individual to accept the disorder as it is for other family members.
- Acceptance of the disorder by all concerned may be helpful, but not necessary.
- A delusion will not go away by reasoning and therefore needs no discussion.
- Separate the person from the disorder. Love the person, even if you hate the disorder.
- Separate medication side effects from the disorders / person.
- It is not OK for you to be neglected. You have needs & wants too.
- Follow the instructions of psychiatrist or Mental health professionals.
- Make sure that patient has been taking medicine regularly by prescribed dose
- Be aware of the side effect of the medicine, ei- tremors, eye discharge, slurring of speech, blur vision, excessive salivation,
- Provide them healthy diet.
- Abstain from – smoking, drink and drugs.
- Encourage them for – exercise and yoga.
Avoid Relapses by:
- supportive, tolerant, low stress environment
- Keep home atmosphere calm and supportive
- Do not get emotionally over involved
- Put limits on hostile or bizarre behavior.
- Recognize changes in the person or warning
- Ritualistic preoccupation with certain activities
- Unpredictable outbursts
- Keep himself alone
- Sad Mood
- Refuse to take medicines
- Take care of yourself.
- stay with the present
- Being patronizing
- Being critical
- Pushing them into situations they are not comfortable with
- Being gloomy
- Arguing with them, or with others while they are present
- Giving them a lecture or talking too much
HOW TO HANDLE A CRISIS AT HOME
There are some actions that can diminish or avoid disaster. You need to reverse any escalation of the psychotic symptoms and provide immediate protection and support to the MI person. Remember: Things always go better if you speak softly and in simple sentences.
Seldom will a person suddenly lose total control of thoughts, feelings, and behavior. Warning signs include: sleeplessness, ritualistic preoccupation with certain activities, suspiciousness, unpredictable outbursts, etc.
During these early stages a full blow crisis can sometimes be averted. If the person has ceased taking medications, encourage a visit to the psychiatrist.
Be aware of it:
- DON'T THREATEN-This may be interpreted as a power play and increase fear or prompt assaultive behavior.
- DON'T SHOUT- If the person isn't listening, other "voices" are probably interfering.
- DON'T CRITICIZE- It will make matters worse; it can't make things better.
- DON'T SQUABBLE WITH OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS over "best strategies" or allocations of blame. This is no time to prove a point.
- DON'T BAIT THE PATIENT- Into acting out wild threats; the consequences could be tragic.
- DON'T STAND OVER THE PATIENT- If he is seated. Instead, seat yourself
- AVOID CONTINUOUS EYE CONTACT OR TOUCHING
- COMPLY WITH REQUESTS- That are not endangering or beyond reason. This gives the patient the opportunity to feel somewhat "In control."
- DON'T BLOCK THE DOORWAY- But keep yourself between the patient and an exit.