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Living WithSchizophrenia

There is no cure for schizophrenia, but for many people, medication is key in their recovery plan, along with supportive treatments—like psychotherapy and goal setting. With a combination of treatments, many people can lead productive and meaningful lives.

Setting Personal Goals

Goal-setting is the process of planning for the future and thinking about what you want out of your recovery journey and your life. Setting personal goals⁠—big and small⁠—can help you focus on what's important to you.

  • Set Clear, Specific Goals
    Having simple and realistic goals can help you focus and be more likely to reach them.
  • Take Small Steps
    Break down big goals into smaller ones so they are more manageable and easier to reach.
  • Get Support
    It’s not always easy to reach a goal—so some people appreciate help. Think about which people from your treatment team or support network might be able to help you.
  • Share Your Goals With Others
    If you share goals publicly, you may feel more committed to reaching them.
  • Stay Positive
    Having hope and believing in yourself can inspire you to accomplish your goals.
  • Track Your Successes and Challenges
    Remember to share your progress with your treatment team and give yourself credit for the work you are doing.

Choosing Your Goals Worksheet

A worksheet to help you identify how satisfied or happy you are in different areas of your life. It will also help you decide in which areas you want to make changes and set new goals.

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Setting Your Goals Worksheet

A worksheet to help you set new recovery goals that are meaningful and important to you.

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Your Support Network

Life with schizophrenia is better with support. The people who can be by your side and encourage you through the ups and downs of your mental health recovery journey are called a support network.

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