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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia (pronounced skit-so-phrenia) is a mental illness that interferes with a person’s ability to think clearly, manage emotions, make decisions or relate with others. Okay, so now you understand or better still, have an idea of what schizophrenia is, here is a list of some things you didn’t know about this illness: If you or...

schizophrenia

Schizophrenia (pronounced skit-so-phrenia) is a mental illness that interferes with a person’s ability to think clearly, manage emotions, make decisions or relate with others.

schizophrenia

Okay, so now you understand or better still, have an idea of what schizophrenia is, here is a list of some things you didn’t know about this illness:

  1. If you or someone you know is schizophrenic, they are not alone; statistics have shown that everyone has a 1% chance of being schizophrenic.
  2. There is currently no medical test to diagnose schizophrenia, demonstrating that we have much more to learn about the brain. Only a professional can accurately diagnose or treat this illness with several observations and diagnosis; so, if you suspect you or anyone you know may be schizophrenic, please seek medical attention immediately.
  3. Most people with schizophrenia prefer to be left alone and are not violent; many believe that people with schizophrenia are violent, yes, they can be unpredictable but ironically, they just want to be left alone. Many of them are far from being violent.
  4. There are five subtypes of schizophrenia: Paranoid schizophrenia, Disorganized schizophrenia, Catatonic schizophrenia, Undifferentiated schizophrenia, and Residual schizophrenia
  5. If more than one people in the family has schizophrenia, the possibility of a child contracting the disease is pretty high; due to the fact that there is no one cause of schizophrenia, statistics have proven that chances of a child having schizophrenia is higher with parents (or family lineage) prone to such illness.
  6. The word schizophrenia comes from the Greek language and, roughly translated, it means split mind. However, people have misunderstood its translation. It actually means a split from reality rather than a split personality.
  7. Schizophrenia is rarely diagnosed in children, however, it is most likely to affect people within the age range of 16 and 30 years (for males- late teens and early 20’s, for females- mid 20’s to early 30’s). But, note that this doesn’t mean it restricted to these ages
  8. The experience with the disease will completely differ from one person to another. This means that two schizophrenic people will not have same experience
  9. There is currently no cure for the illness, but there are enough treatments and therapies available for suffers to be able to find a form of medication and talking therapy that helps them to manage their symptoms so they can live a full and healthy life
  10. Sadly, not everyone gets help, and there is an entire population of people who live undiagnosed or untreated and might be trapped in a circle of poverty

 

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