How to cope with being a caregiver of a child with schizophrenia – list of useful resources

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Resources, ideas, and tips for increasing skills for caregivers of people with schizophrenia

Effects of a caregiver coaching program on family caregivers’ competencies for persons with schizophrenia: a pilot study

Competency in caring is important for caregivers of persons with schizophrenia. Coaching can facilitate successful caregiving through the understanding of a caregiver’s competencies and goals. The present study aimed to determine the feasibility and evaluate a coaching program for enhancing family caregivers’ competencies in caring for persons with schizophrenia.

Effects of a caregiver coaching program on family caregivers’ competencies for persons with schizophrenia: a pilot study

Source: Journal of Health Research website, background.

Caregiving for Schizophrenia

Remember that as a caregiver, your job is to advocate for your family member even when they might be turning against you. You need to help the doctor understand the situation and stay connected to the treatment plan. Without your help, your loved one may not be able to manage basic tasks like eating, dressing, and finding shelter in a crisis. Remember that the sooner you can get them help, the better off they will be.

Source: Very Well Mind website 13/01/22

Effect of a Compassion Cultivation Training Program for Caregivers

The Randomized Clinical Trial found that compassion cultivation training improved the mental health of a mixed group of caregivers whose loved ones had a variety of mental illnesses, with lasting effect of 6 months. The results suggest that compassion is a trainable skill that promotes mental health and that CCT could be taught in a group format reducing societal cost.

Source: JAMA Network Open. 8 March 2021

Some of the best anxiety books in 2022

  1. Be Calm — This book is by a licensed clinical psychologist — Jill P. Weber.
  2. The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Edmund Bourne.
  3. Retrain Your Brain — This book on the CBT approach is a 7-week course that claims to help people manage anxiety and depression by teaching them practical CBT techniques. Author, Seth J. Gillihan, a psychologist who treats many people with CBT methods.
  4. Freeing Your Child From Anxiety is for parents and caregivers of toddlers and teenagers. It shares exercises that they can implement with their children that could help them reduce anxiety and control their fears. It also covers how to handle the pressure that can come with tests and exams. The author: Tamar Chansky.
  5. Feeling Better: CBT Workbook for Teens. This book is for teenagers who experience anxiety. It uses mostly CBT techniques and features interactive exercises that target negative thoughts, behaviors, and emotions. Book by Rachel Hutt

Source: Medical News Today, 13/01/22

20 Things You Should Never Say to Someone With Schizophrenia

Having a good support system is part of that effective treatment. Knowing how to interact with people when they are having a schizophrenic episode is invaluable. Below is a list of 5 of the 20 recommendations. Here is the link to all 20 tips.

  1. Don’t be rude or unsupportive.
  2. Don’t bully them into doing something they don’t want to do.
  3. Don’t interrupt them.
  4. Don’t assume you know what they need.
  5. Don’t second guess or diagnose them.

Source: Parade, 20/04/21

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