What are the signs and symptoms to look for in relapse prevention of schizophrenia?
a successful hospital treatment has relieved the acute symptoms of schizophrenia,
and if a home community care program is regularly followed, and if the prescribed
drugs are precisely taken, a new episode of the disease is quite a rare event.
But for a better case management it's extremely important for you to learn
and identify some early signs and symptoms of an acute relapse of the disease.
As a general rule of thumb, you should learn to be alert for any change
in state, appearance, thoughts, affective state, and behaviour of your relative
particularly during the first two years of recovery after hospital dismission.
This means that if you want to be advised of an earlier relapse you should
a newly developed sleeping disturbance, or unusual awakenings
the development of a new social avoidance, and/or new problems/difficulties
in social relations
a new hyper-activity or an unusual tiredness
a new hostility towards relatives, friends and/or colleagues
emotions, affects, or bizarre behaviours
strange and pervasive thoughts
and perceptions (including delusions and hallucinations)
the use of
a strange/unusual language
strange disappearances or get always from
home or workplace
any new fear, suspiciousness or compulsive behaviour
If you feel these changes are significant and persistent, then you'd
better ask for an expert opinion from your community care team, and discuss your
concern with them. They will give you the best advice and support to prevent the