Receiving the diagnosis

When a person is diagnosed with schizophrenia it is only natural that they will have conflicting feelings and concerns.

They will have questions that need to be answered. They may feel relieved that the symptoms have been given a name, particularly if they have been experiencing them for some time before diagnosis. They might also be happy to learn that there are a number of treatment options available for schizophrenia. They may be worried about what having schizophrenia might mean in terms of the treatment needed, or about the impact the condition is likely to have on their everyday life. They may be fearful that life will never be the same again, or that family members who are caring for them may not be able to resume normal activities. The possible reaction of friends, family or work colleagues to the diagnosis may also be a concern at this time.

Receiving the diagnosis