Role of Expressed Emotions in Relapse of Schizophrenia

By Kritika Suri (A Clinical Psychologist & Mental Health Professional) The attitude of family members, relatives and friends towards the person plays a very crucial role in any psychiatric illness. The understanding of caregivers towards the patient’s illness and their reaction to patient’s experiences are key factors which are responsible for improvement in any psychiatric illness. The caregiver’s reaction to illness and their emotional expression towards illness can also influence the extent to which the person is able to recover.

Have you ever wondered, “Why do some schizophrenic patients repeatedly come with deterioration in their symptoms after hospital discharge?” 

As caring for a person with schizophrenia is highly challenging for families and it might result in negative emotional atmosphere in the patient's family. This emotional atmosphere means the quality of caregiver's att