Schizophrenia: Concerns for Family & Friends
It’s common for family members, friends, and caregivers of people with schizophrenia to have concerns. Loved ones may worry about safety—the safety of the family member or friend with the disorder, as well as the safety of those around him or her. Because schizophrenia is a serious mental illness, family members and friends also may have concerns about the general health and well-being of loved ones who suffer from the disorder.
Here’s some information from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIHM) about common schizophrenia concerns:
Schizophrenia & Violence
According to the NIHM, people with schizophrenia usually are not violent and the risk of violent behavior is small. In those with the disorder who do become violent, the violence often is associated with certain schizophrenia symptoms, such as delusions of persecution (believing one is being harassed, followed, or provoked, or is a victim of a conspiracy) and hallucinations (hearing threatening voices).