When you’re living with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder, communication is an important skill that can help you build relationships and participate in your recovery journey.
Communicating openly and honestly with the doctor or members of your treatment team lets them know what you want and need. The doctor can use this information to recommend medication and treatment options to manage your symptoms, so you can work toward achieving your life goals.
Communication plays a role in relationships with loved ones and caregivers as well. Being open and clear about what you want and need from them can help you find ways to support one another.
You deserve to receive care from a treatment team that respects your culture and beliefs. If language is a barrier, ask for an interpreter or clinician who speaks your language and for appropriate materials and information.