The first thing I would suggest to this person is to focus on the positive, which is the pension he/ she receives from the Centrelink. I am sure that is not enough. But may be, you should try to plan your expenditures according to the income you receive. This way the frustration would be less. Since, you are not well, you should seek help in financial planning from someone you trust with your secrets. Be careful about whom you talk to, because you are vulnerable at this stage. People might take advantage of your desperate situation. Seek help from health professionals, try new professionals if you don't get relief after at least a few sessions. Do not stick with one person for several years, even if you don't feel better. I can be wrong, but I believe, you need a combination of medication as well as therapy. Also let your health professional concentrate on the suicidal thoughts because that's something serious. With schizophrenia it depends on how severe it is. If it's very severe then I would recommend a referral to a psychiatrist who will be able to prescribe any medication, if necessary. Medication should always be the last resort. Agoraphobia also should be treated in separate sessions, may be using ‘Graded Exposure.’ Focus more on the fact that you have the pension so at least you’ve got that as a positive. Also, take it slowly, and remain positive throughout your healing period. I know it is “easier said than done” but it is definitely not impossible. I am speaking out of some personal experience. Hope you get better soon, iA.
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