LIVING WITH
SCHIZOPHRENIA,
REACHING FOR
WHAT’S POSSIBLE

Having schizophrenia doesn’t stop you from living your life. You have things you want and
need to do.

But where do you start? You start by learning how to focus on what you want, by setting goals and making a plan. One step at a time.

Ready to reach for your goals? Take it step by step.

1

FIRST THINGS FIRST

Whatever your goals may be, reaching for them starts with trying to manage your schizophrenia. So it’s important to work with your healthcare provider to find a treatment plan that works for you, and learn what else you can do to help manage your symptoms.

 
2

FOCUS ON WHAT'S IMPORTANT TO YOU

You may be more likely to achieve your goals if they are important and meaningful to you. So what do you really want to accomplish? If thinking about all you want to do feels overwhelming, try focusing on your most important goals first.

 
3

BE SPECIFIC

Start with attainable goals and try to describe them in detail. For example, instead of saying you’re going to get healthy, you may want to ask your healthcare provider about specific ways to improve your diet or activity level. If you want to become more sociable, you might try talking with a neighbor.

 
4

SET A TIME LIMIT

Set a date or time when you want to accomplish your goal. If your goal is to go to the grocery store once a week, choose a day. If your goal is to contact an employer or organization, set a date and try to stick to it.

 
5

BREAK IT DOWN

Break your goals down into smaller tasks you’re likely to do. If you want to pay your bills on time, start by organizing your bills by due date. If you have a big goal like finding a job, you might start by talking to a job counselor or to people who are doing the types of jobs you might be interested in. Then, based on what you learn, decide on the next step, and so on.

 
6

REACH OUT TO OTHERS WHO CAN HELP YOU

Reach out to your healthcare provider and support team, which may include your caregiver, nurses, counselors, therapists, and social workers. Ask your family and friends to help out, too. You can also go online or visit your local library to find out what resources and organizations may be able to help you with your specific goals.