How to Communicate With Someone With Schizophrenia

A friend of mine is probably going to be diagnosed with schizophrenia (or schizo something) so finding this article from Live Strong was perfect timing. There are a lot of articles that talk about the do’s and don’ts of talking to someone with depression or anxiety but we are missing information on the ways in which we can support those with the other diagnoses.

How to Communicate With Someone With Schizophrenia

Step 1. Provide a calming presence

“This can be reassuring to someone who is troubled by their own thoughts. Avoid “baby talk” or talking down to the person. Use a gentle voice. Use simple sentences if the person has trouble following you or seems confused.” 

Step 2. Show compassion

“Don’t argue with someone who has delusions. You cannot change them. Acknowledge the effect a delusion or hallucination must have on the person. Be sympathetic and express understanding. “

Step 3. Offer support

“…provide reassurance that you will always be there to provide support. Let the person know she will never be alone. You can remind the person of past accomplishments and the likelihood there will be similar accomplishments in the future.”

For more information please see the full article here: How to communicate with someone with schizophrenia


4 thoughts on “How to Communicate With Someone With Schizophrenia

  1. I agree. I ha e schizoaffective disorder as well. When hallucinations or delusions are enforced it’s terrifying but when my husband or someone tells me everything is ok in a calm voice and asks me what I’m experiencing and empathizes with me and tells me I’m safe until it passes, it makes it so much more bearable.

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