A relapse can happen when you have schizophrenia. In a relapse, your symptoms return and may be so severe that they cause a psychotic episode. This means you can't tell the difference between what is real and what isn't real. A relapse or a psychotic episode can be very intense and scary.
You can do some things to help prevent a relapse:
An action plan says in writing what you can do to help prevent a relapse and what you need to do if you have signs of a relapse. You will need the help of others to get through a relapse.
An action plan lists the general signs of a relapse and those that may be special to you.
An action plan lists things that need to be taken care of during a relapse. Think about:
Action plans also can include legal documents. Write these when you have few or no symptoms, and ask your doctor and lawyer to help you.
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