Family Therapy and Education
Along with doctors, family members often have the most influential role in the life of a person with schizophrenia. Depending on the individual's personal circumstances, however, non-family members may play a big part in a patient's life.
A professional care manager, a friend, someone who runs a shelter, a social worker, or a rabbi, priest, minister, or other religious figure can make a big difference in the life of someone affected by this illness.
It is easier for people to handle some of the cognitive problems associated with schizophrenia if they have the support of family or others in a safe, stimulating environment. The more information family members know about the mental illness, the better they will be able to handle challenges. From a therapist's standpoint, working with a patient and her family together can maximize a person's chances of making significant progress against the disease.