There is little rhyme or reason to the cause(s) of schizophrenia. But there are a few players in the game such as genetics, environment, abnormal gene connection, and misfiring of chemical messengers. But no single cause owns all the blame for this disease. And the symptoms and variables surrounding the disease are one giant mishmash. It can be defined as a condition in which suffers are removed or split from reality. Five odd facts about Schizophrenia:
It is Not Prejudice
This complex condition knows no barriers. It does not care what ethnic group you are from, what religion you practice, how tall you are, how much you weigh, or what gender you might be. The only thing it seems remotely shy of is younger people, though it has been known to manifest in the late teen years. Over one in every one hundred people suffers from Schizophrenia.
Loves the Bright and Creative
Quite often the very bright and famous people in our world have the condition. John Nash (Mathematician Nobel Prize winner), Mary Todd Lincoln (First Lady), and Vivien Leigh (actress) all suffered from Schizophrenia. It is even thought that Michelangelo had the disease.
Violence Percentage is Small
Losing touch with reality could cause one to be violent, and this has occurred with some schizophrenics, but according to the British Journal Of Psychology, that number is quite small in relation to the numbers of violence among those without the disease.
Treated Not Cured
Treatments exist, but no cure has been found. The treatments will need to be monitored and are usually accompanied with a therapy plan. Relapses have been known to happen when a full monitoring and plan have not been implemented. Changes may be need to made throughout the years, but a Schizophrenic can lead a full and normal life.
No one has given up on finding a cure. As this website indicates, the search continues for a cure. There is hope and much exploration. IMHRO (International Mental Health Research Organization) is pleased with the progress made so far. You or your loved ones suffering from Schizophrenia should not give up hope.
This mental illness is hard to define, pin point, and to ascertain the reasons for its existence. Many studies and much data have been gathered. The search for a cure continues for this illness that knows no boundaries, seems to like the brilliant, and is a lifetime condition.