Understanding Schizophrenia

There’s a lot of confusion and stigma surrounding schizophrenia. Learn more about this illness and how it is diagnosed.

FAQs: Psychosis and Schizophrenia

Get answers to frequently asked questions about psychosis and schizophrenia for both patients and family members.

FAQs: First-episode and Early Psychosis

Learn about the services offered in the First-episode and Early Psychosis Program.

Schizophrenia Education Day

Watch presentations from the Department of Psychiatry's annual Schizophrenia Education day for patients and families.

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Patient, Schizophrenia Clinical & Research Program

Patient and Family Resources on Psychosis


General Information and Resources on Psychosis

On Coordinated Specialty Care

Our program follows a coordinated specialty care model that has proven to be an effective treatment to help individuals with early psychosis lead productive and independent lives. It is a team-based, recovery-oriented approach that includes multiple components, including (but not limited to) individual psychotherapy using cognitive-behavioral approaches for psychosis, family support and education, medication management, and supported employment and education services.

Local Resources and Networks

For Medication Information

  • American Psychiatric Association’s SMI Advisor – for individuals and families looking to find answers on evidence-based treatments

Online Peer and Support Groups for Individuals

Organizations with Resources and Online Programs for Families

  • NAMI Family-to-Family Program – A free, 8-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people with mental health conditions, taught by other NAMI-trained families
  • National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health (FFCMH) – A national family-run organization linking more than 120 chapters and state organizations focused on the issues of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, or mental health needs and their families
  • Strong 365 – Provides online education, peer support, and connection to providers specializing in first episode psychosis across the United States.
  • School of Hard Talks – A free online course for parents to learn to use motivational interviewing in conversations with their teen and young adult children
  • Flourishing Families (Boston University Psychiatric Rehabilitation) – A free 6-week, comprehensive supports and skills-building program for caregivers of young adults who live with mental health and/or substance use conditions to heal and build sustainable, health-promoting relationships
  • Crafting Support Project (McLean Hospital) – A free webinar series on how families can use skills from Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) to improve communication and foster healthy behavior change
  • Handhold – A resource developed by Massachusetts Department of Health for parents who have started to notice signs of mental illness in their child. It has information on what signs to look for, helpful tips from other parents, and resources to help you find the right treatment for your child and family


For Information/Support

  • Amador, X. (2000). I am Not Sick. I Don’t Need Help! Helping the Seriously Mentally Ill Accept Treatment. Peconic: Vida Press.
  • Broussard, B., & Compton, M.T. (2010). The First Episode of Psychosis: A Guide for Patients and Their Families. Oxford University Press.
  • Dickens, R. & Marsh, D. (Eds.). (1994). Anguished Voices: Siblings and Adult Children of Persons with Psychiatric Disabilities. Boston: Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Sargent College of Allied Health Professions.
  • Duckworth, K. (2022). You Are Not Alone: The NAMI Guide to Navigating Mental Health – With Advice from Experts and Wisdom from Real People and Families. Zando Publishing.
  • Freudenreich O & Cather C. (2021). Facing serious mental illness: A guide for patients and their families. (Stern TA, Ed.). Boston: MGH Psychiatry Academy.
  • Friedman, M. (2000). Everything You Need to Know About Schizophrenia. New York: The Rosen Publishing Group.
  • Kline, E. (2023). The School of Hard Talks: How to Have Real Conversations with Your (Almost Grown) Kids. Sasquatch Books.
  • Marsh, D.T. & Dickens, R. (1997). How to Cope with Mental Illness in Your Family: A Self Care Guide for Siblings, Offspring, and Parents. New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/ Putnam.
  • Mueser, K.T. & Gingerich S. (2006). The Complete Family Guide to Schizophrenia: Helping Your Loved One Get the Most Out of Life. The Guilford Press.
  • Mueser, K.T. & Gingerich, S. (1994). Coping with Schizophrenia: A Manual for Families, Consumers, and Providers. New Harbinger Publications.
  • Temes, R. (2002). Getting Your Life Back Together When You Have Schizophrenia. New Harbinger Publications.
  • Torrey, E.F. (1995). Surviving Schizophrenia: A Manual for Families, Consumers, and Providers. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, Inc.
  • Woolis, R. (1992). When Someone You Love Has a Mental Illness: A Handbook for Families and Friends. New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/ Putnam.

Help for Specific Symptoms or Other Conditions

  • Hayward, M., Strauss, C., & Kingdon, D. (2018). Overcoming Distressing Voices: A self-help guide using cognitive behavioral techniques. Robinson books.
  • Freeman, D., Freeman, J., & Garety, P. (2021). Overcoming Paranoid and Suspicious Thoughts: : A self-help guide using cognitive behavioral techniques. Robinson books.
  • Winston, S. M., & Seif, M. N. (2017). Overcoming Unwanted Intrusive Thoughts: A CBT-Based Guide to Getting Over Frightening, Obsessive, or Disturbing Thoughts. New Harbinger Publications.
  • Hallowell, E. M. & Ratey, J. J. (2021). ADHD 2.0: New Science and Essential Strategies for Thriving with Distraction – from Childhood through Adulthood. Ballantine Books.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia Online Program (CBTi)
  • Self-Help Resources and Workbooks for frequently co-occurring mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression, worry and rumination, sleep difficulties, and self-esteem issues
  • Mindful Self-Compassion and Guided Self-Compassion Practices by Dr. Kristin Neff