Individuals may have many questions after they receive a new diagnosis of a condition that is a serious mental illness (SMI). Family members and loved ones may have many questions also.
They may have a range of emotions that are related to some of the questions. This can include concern, fear, anger, and more.
You can let them know that a diagnosis is a critical tool for you and other members of their care team. The diagnosis helps advise and guide their care team on things like treatment options and future health risks.
SMI Adviser offers a free infographic called What to Know About a New Diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder, Major Depression, or Schizophrenia. It lists many things for people to know and understand after a new diagnosis. You can use and share this helpful resource with individuals and family members. It reinforces that: