Favorable effects of motivational interviewing and support in a patient with schizophrenia and alcohol abuse



A 42-year-old man with schizophrenia was referred to our hospital after 2 weeks of worsening fatigue. His hemoglobin level was 2.8 g/dL owing to folic acid deficiency stemming from alcohol abuse and consumption of unbalanced meals. We induced behavioral changes in the patient by motivational interviewing. We had direct methodical conversations with medical staff involved with the patient as well as his family, and established new social support for him as well as public assistance. These have resulted in the patient maintaining a favorable lifestyle ever since.