Strategies for Coping With Schizophrenia Learned from Philosophy:

This website is by Ben Huot

Insights into Schizophrenia

  • In treating Schizophrenia, the two key treatments are taking medicine and lowering stress.
  • You can actually undo the effects of the medicine by being under too much stress.
  • The biggest thing that causes people stress is often other people.
  • With Schizophrenia, this stress is magnified.
  • But Schizophrenia is still a lonely disease and you still want human contact.
  • One of my strategies is to avoid conflict whenever possible.
  • Keep this in mind when using this list to reduce your stress.

Using This List to Lower Stress

  • These are not a list of things to do but attributes to strive towards.
  • They are hard to do and the philosophy does not tell you how.
  • I would say most are about humility, calmness, and acceptance of limitations.
  • Nothing really to “do”. Kind of like a “boring” life.
  • Don't think. Just do. There is no correct way.
  • The point of this is to be less stressed not more. Forget trying to do it.
  • It is not about adding things to do but removing them from your life.


  • Realize we are all irrational and there are good things about that
  • Question reality or have self doubt, ask for help and have a willingness to admit mistakes
  • See death as the defining part of life and not fearing death

Avoiding Pain

  • Be useless or minimize risk by not being too important or an easy target
  • Reject the pursuit of money or fame as a way to avoid pain
  • Eliminate all forms of suffering in your life and others
  • Do not accept pain as inevitable


  • Be spontaneous in planning things to do to lower stress
  • Be creative in solving life problems
  • Take responsibility with your free choices

Internal Transformation

  • Find meaning in life through internal struggle and see life as primarily spiritual
  • Educate yourself as a way of personal growth by reading and learning from other’s experiences
  • Self-reflect to avoid conflict
  • Be honest with God as a starting point for your relationship with Him

Self Control

  • Understand what you can change and what you cannot change
  • Be a person of peace within and without
  • Learn how to have better manners
  • Self mastery is enlightenment