Dealing With Stresses and Crises

There can be a way through even though there will be ups and downs. Many parents face a much more difficult problem than ours. – Jesse, youth

The time when a family member first develops psychosis is highly stressful. You probably feel quite alone, confused and uncertain as to how to proceed.

Some tips to help you get through the initial days:

  • Recognize the intensity of the experience, its stressful nature, and that it is natural that you have a reaction. Give yourself some time.
  • Find supports to help you. Don’t try to cope alone. This may be a family member, a close friend, a colleague, or perhaps a counsellor or your family doctor. Discussing what has happened is a way to begin to cope. The British Columbia Schizophrenia Society and the Mood Disorders Association are excellent resources. EPI services may also have a support group for families.
  • Try to look after yourself by, getting plenty of rest even if you can’t sleep, eating regular and nutritious meals, and exercising.
  • Take things one step at a time