Staying on your schizophrenia recoveryjourney is a group effort. Learn more about the team that’s by your side.
By partnering with his Treatment Team, Patrick* was able to return to school, begin working in IT, and is working to establish a music career.
Individual care team
Your treatment and recovery journey requires some planning, resources, and help along the way from a dedicated team of people. You may have some or all of these people on your own team:
In charge of diagnosing and prescribing medication to help you manage symptoms
Check in from time to time to monitor your overall health
Help your psychiatrist and medical doctor with diagnoses and medication
Help you understand what certain medications do, how they are taken, and side effects
Talk with you to help work through emotional and behavioral concerns
Help coordinate your medical and mental health care and other support services
Understand the specific needs of living with schizophrenia and can help you get access to resources
There are a lot of important people to keep track of, and it can be helpful to have them all in one spot.
Community care team
A community care team is made up of people who can help you stay out of the hospital and engaged with your community. They may include people and organizations like:
- Peer counselors who are also living with schizophrenia and can share their experience with you. Don’t be shy when talking to them or sharing any of your challenges, because chances are, they may have been through something similar and can provide advice
- Support groups that bring together people who are also living with schizophrenia so that you can all share experiences and exchange coping strategies
- Professionals who can provide you with training that can help you find and keep a job, manage everyday tasks like laundry and cooking, and communicate more effectively
Caregivers are in a unique position to help you in a variety of ways:
- Advocate for you by communicating with healthcare professionals
- Collaborate with the rest of your Treatment Team by going with you to doctor appointments, taking notes, and helping handle paperwork for insurance
- Educate themselves about schizophrenia, and help look out for early signs of an episode
- Assist with everyday tasks to keep your recovery journey on track
Caregivers are an impactful member of a treatment team. Maye† is the caregiver for her son, Jason.
Now that you’ve met the team that will help you along your journey, learn more about some medication options that helped Patrick* stay in recovery.
* Patrick is on a schizophrenia treatment journey with INVEGA TRINZA®, given by injection from a healthcare professional. He began treatment after being adequately treated with INVEGA SUSTENNA® (paliperidone palmitate), the once-monthly version of the medication with the same ingredient, for at least 4 months.
† Maye is a volunteer with the SHARE Network, a volunteer program dedicated to helping adults living with schizophrenia share their personal health stories.