Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that is often misunderstood and viewed in the wrong light; it is a serious mental condition that can cause strife, but in no way should people not have hope in people who develop the condition. Schizophrenia Awareness Day is just around the corner on May 24 and in an effort to gain more knowledge on the disease, here are some facts on it.
What is Schizophrenia?
The condition is a serious illness in which a person suffering from Schizophrenia has trouble distinguishing the difference between reality and what is made up in the brain. The condition changes the way a person lives, acts, and thinks.
It can be treated
Schizophrenia is a serious condition that alters the mind, but that doesn’t mean symptoms can’t be remedied or slowed. People who have the condition can recover from it, even though there has yet to be a cure for Schizophrenia. There are plenty of treatments out there that are helping people suffering from the mental disorder live independent lives.
Don’t be scared of a Schizophrenic
Whether it has been a poor depiction in film or literature, people suffering from Schizophrenia have always been portrayed as someone to be scared of. This is complete rubbish, of course, as those who get treatment are no more violent than a proper citizen. If left untreated, people with the condition can have a violent side, but usually the disease isolates people and forces them to want to be left alone. Suicide is unfortunately prominent for those who have the condition.
It isn’t a multiple personality disorder
Contrary to some beliefs, Schizophrenia should not be confused with a split personality disorder. Yes, people with the condition are often separated from reality, but that doesn’t mean they have a split in their personalities.
Hallucinations are not the only real symptoms of the disease
There is no question that people who have Schizophrenia will experience noises or see things that aren’t really there, but hallucinations are only one of the symptoms of the disease.
In truth, the condition is extremely complex and it gets in the way of several brain functions. It can dictate the way one thinks, often making it difficult to think clearly. Managing emotions and making decisions can also be difficult for those with Schizophrenia. Many have false beliefs about themselves or others. The brain-based condition can make things challenging, but not impossible.