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9 Facts And Myths About Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is often demonized, and thus, not many of us know the truth about this widespread mental disorder. What is well known is that schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder, with symptoms which affect language, perception, sense of self, and profound disruptions in thinking. It further includes such psychotic experiences as hearing voices or delusions. It affects more than 21 million of people worldwide.

Schizophrenia typically begins in early adulthood or late adolescence. This disease has its effective treatments; therefore, people who are affected can have a productive life with their complete social integration. However, educating the people around them is also very important.

Here are nine myths and facts about schizophrenia.

 Schizophrenia means you have multiple personalities

This is one of the biggest myths about schizophrenia—and it isn’t true at all. The truth is that a person who has this disorder doesn’t have different personalities. Rather, he/she has false ideas or loses touch with the reality. Multiple personality disorder exists, but it isn’t even related to schizophrenia.

 Most schizophrenic people are dangerous or violent

It is sad that in many movies, killers and violent people are often characterized by this condition. That isn’t the real life situation. Even if they are unpredictable, most people with schizophrenia are not violent at all, especially ones who are getting treatment. If a person with schizophrenia is violent or commits violent acts, he/she probably has more than one condition. For instance, he or she could also be suffering from substance abuse or a childhood trauma.

“Schizophrenia cannot be understood without understanding despair.” R.D. Laing 

 The cause is bad parenting

Sometimes people blame mothers for the people who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia. This has no logic to it since schizophrenia is a mental illness. This means that it has many causes, including genetics, drug abuse, and trauma. Wrong decisions that parents make won’t give schizophrenia to their children.

 People who suffer from schizophrenia aren’t smart

Studies have shown that people who have this condition suffer from concentration problems, lack of attention, problems with learning and memory problems. This doesn’t simply mean that a certain person isn’t intelligent. Many great and smart people had schizophrenia in the past. Most of them were famous intellectuals. Good examples are John Nash, who is Nobel Prize awarded, and Vaslav Nijinsky, a Russian ballet dancer. Scientists even suggest that there might exist a connection between psychosis and creativity!

 If your parent has it – you will get it, too!

There is a significant role of genetics, but just because your parent has schizophrenia doesn’t mean that you are destined to get it! As a matter of fact, if one of two parents has schizophrenia, your risk of getting it is only 10%. However, having more family members with this disease increases your chances of getting it in your future.

 If you have schizophrenia, you must live in a mental institution

In the past, people with mental illnesses were sent to these institutions. However, today, people know much more about the diseases, so fewer people need to be in these institutions—especially for a long-term. Most of the people with schizophrenia function best in their homes, with their family or supportive housing within their community. Support is a very significant factor in order for them to be able to live their everyday life.

 You can’t work if you have schizophrenia

Every condition can make things harder than they actually are. Schizophrenia makes everyday life harder, but with the help of people, this is possible. Of course, for a person who is receiving proper treatment, chances of getting a good job that fits his/her skills, abilities, and needs, are way higher.

 People who have schizophrenia are lazy

As it was already mentioned here, this condition makes everyday life harder. For those with the disorder,  bathing or dressing can be a demanding task, but that isn’t because they are lazy. They just need some support and help with their daily routine and commitments.

 No one can recover from schizophrenia

With the proper treatment, even 25% of people with schizophrenia will have a complete recovery! Another 50% of them will see improvements in their symptoms, which will also help them in their lives. Many people who have schizophrenia actually lead happy and amazing lives, being proud of themselves for beating an illness like this!

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