May 24 is “Schizophrenia Awareness Day,” and the facts about schizophrenia needs to be known. There are many myths and misconceptions about these individuals, but this disorder is a health issue; not a ticket to send them away from society. In this article we will raise awareness and divide the facts from the myths.
What is Schizophrenia? Schizophrenia is a severe brain disorder that is proven to effect those who have it drastically. According to the National Institute for Mental Health, people with schizophrenia are known to have hallucinations, irregular movements, and delusions, by which society deems them as abnormal . Separating the facts about schizophrenia from the myths is important both for the way society views these individuals and for health professionals to find a cure for this disorder.
The first thing we need to make clear is these people are not monsters. They suffer from a severe disorder that causes them to react to things different than others will. There is a lot of baggage that comes with schizophrenia and many people dealing with it are hurting mentally. Can you imagine trying to complete a project and you can’t finish it? It happens frequently for people with this disorder. Due to the agitation of trying to cope with life and trying not to give in to delusion a schizophrenic may withdraw themselves from everyone else.
According to the severity of their condition, people with schizophrenia may have a hard time making a living for themselves. Many occupations require a certain amount of focus and problem solving skills which is a downside to this disorder. According to Dr. Cynthia Haines (MSN Healthy Living), Education and the ability to retain information are other issues that some cope with. These symptoms do not take intelligence out of the equation for people with schizophrenia. They can do many of the same things we do, but they may require more assistance.
You can’t catch schizophrenia by interacting with someone with it. It is a disorder that can be transmitted genetically. According to the National Institute for Mental Health, other things that causes this disorder is a viral infection and poor nutrition while in the womb. From the outside looking in a person with schizophrenia may look as an individual that’s crazy, but it’s deeper than that. Some people with schizophrenia are mentally burdened to the point where they commit suicide.
Although there is no cure for schizophrenia, there are treatments proven to slow down or eliminate the symptoms (Dr. Haines, 10 Things to know about schizophrenia). Hopefully all that are coping with this disorder will get the treatment needed to help them go about their daily lives. Health issues that go untreated can only get worse. Now that you know the facts about schizophrenia do away with the myths. In light of “Schizophrenia Awareness Day”, if you know anyone with this disorder or if you see some of these symptoms within yourself get help today!