“I’m not crazy I’m just a little unwell” (Again another song title, I really have no originality, maybe it has something to do about that incident concerning my neighbor but let’s not waste our time any more and move on) by Jan Paolo S. Villaverde

29 Mar

Hey hello again my fellow enthusiast for psychology (I’m just kidding I’m not really into psychology) in this blog I’m going to discuss some things about a mental disorder called Schizophrenia. What is Schizophrenia? Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. The person finds it difficult to tell the difference between real and imagined experiences, to think logically, to express feelings, or to behave appropriately. People with schizophrenia may hear internal voices not heard by others or may see things that are not really there. These experiences can seem threatening and can make them fearful and withdrawn. They also may have trouble organizing their thoughts and expressing themselves. Their speech and behavior can be so disorganized that they may seem frightening to others.

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Schizophrenia is one of the most misunderstood mental illnesses. Contrary to popular belief, it does not involve a “Jekyll-and-Hyde” type of split personality. Instead, it means that all the attributes that go into the makeup of the human personality (logical thinking, feelings and expression, perception, and relating to others) become separated from one another.

Facts About Schizophrenia

  • Schizophrenia affects an estimated one percent of the world’s population.
  • Symptoms usually appear between the ages of 15 and 35.
  • Schizophrenia affects males and females equally, although symptoms often appear earlier in males.
  • In the U.S., about 2.5 million people have this illness.
  • About 80 percent of people with schizophrenia can live either full, productive lives or relatively independent lives with treatment.
  • The other 20 percent of sufferers will require long-term, structured care.
  • People with schizophrenia have a higher rate of suicide than the general population. Approximately 10 percent of people with schizophrenia (especially younger adult males) commit suicide.
  • Schizophrenia accounts for about 40 percent of all long-term hospitalization.

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So how can we help people with Schizophrenia. For me the family will be invaluable in the curing of the patient (Call me sentimental but its true). The families of people with schizophrenia are on the “front line.” While the community has support groups, the family is the main one. Often the role is difficult. The person may deny there is a problem and resist efforts at treatment. Remember that schizophrenia is a medical illness. Do not feel ashamed because someone in your family has it.

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