Family and friends can be a great help. An important principle is to look at things in a positive manner. Do not push, but give support and encouragement as often as you can.
- Allow the person in question to come to terms with the illness at his own speed. This may be difficult, and he or she may need a lot of support for a long time to come.
- Support from therapists is essential. Friendship, both within and outside the family, is also very important for recovering. During the progression of the illness, friendships and professional relationships are tested. Encourage the patient’s friends to stay in touch.
- Don’t underestimate your own need for support. A psychotic episode – especially the first and second episodes – is traumatic for everyone involved . The patient, of course, has first priority, but you and other family members also need help and support.