Nearly 1.5 million people around the world experience schizophrenia each year; schizophrenia is a mental disorder that involves a breakdown between thoughts, emotions, and behavior, leading to faulty perceptions, inappropriate actions, withdrawal from reality, and more. Those with schizophrenia may experience hallucinations (seeing, hearing, smelling, or feeling things no one else does), delusions (beliefs that seem strange to others), confused thoughts or speech, difficulty concentrating, and more. Self-harm and suicidal thoughts may be experience by some people with schizophrenia, whether it’s in relation to childhood trauma, symptoms of their disorder, or due to the stigma and discrimination they experience associated with their mental illness.
A 2018 study published in the Journal of Psychoses and Related Disorders involved face-to-face interviews with 20 individuals on the schizophrenia spectrum to find the factors that have contributed to their psychological resilience – in this context, otherwise known as their ability to bounce back from unpleasant feelings that could escalate to self-harm. There were three main themes derived from the study:
- cognitive reasoning
- active coping strategies
- perceived social support
Cognitive reasoning was used by several participants, with many stating that they would rationalize and then validate their experiences. Active coping strategies that were reported included learning how to accept experiences and persevering through challenging times. Lastly, perceived social support from their loved ones and mental health professionals helped many participants in building their resilience.
Participants noted that their resilience didn’t just happen “overnight”; it took time and arduous work in their recovery to build the skills they needed to work through difficult emotions. However, if symptoms became severe, many sought help from mental health services. Management of symptoms was also important, which is typically done through medication and treatment. Additionally, awareness seemed to benefit many people as they grew to understand the impact that their symptoms can have on them. If you have schizophrenia and have been struggling with difficult thoughts, you are not alone. Speak with someone from a reputable treatment center to develop tools towards better coping.
Therapy is a primary component of treatment for rehabilitation from a substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder. Attending treatment with certified clinicians and counselors is critical for a full recovery. At one of New Vista Behavioral Health’s treatment providers, you are receiving exceptional care, held to a higher standard. Our programs result in better outcomes, ensuring a better recovery. For information call us today: 888-316-3665.