The time to focus on a frequently ignored illness that impacts the lives of thousands of people has arrived. Schizophrenia is difficult for the person diagnosed with it and their loved ones, in addition, the number of myths surrounding the diagnosis can exacerbate their difficulties, contributing to a negative mindset.
Here are some of the common misconceptions about schizophrenia.
Myth: Schizophrenia means a split personality1
Fact: While the name schizophrenia is derived from Greek and means ‘split mind’, it doesn’t mean split personality. Schizophrenia can change the way a person thinks by altering the way they feel and respond to certain situations. This change happens as their emotions fluctuate from day-to-day and the lack of a logical thought process.
Myth: People living with schizophrenia are always dangerous or violent1
Fact: On the contrary, people living with schizophrenia are more likely to harm themselves or become victims of violence as opposed to harming others.
Myth: People living with schizophrenia always hallucinate1
Fact: The most common symptoms of schizophrenia include low motivation, dulled emotions, rambling speech and the inability to express emotions. While hallucinations are one of the symptoms, they do not affect all people living with schizophrenia.
Myth: Schizophrenia runs in the family1, 2
Fact: While schizophrenia can be inherited, it’s not always the case. Should someone in your family be diagnosed with schizophrenia, it doesn’t mean you will have it as well.
Here are some more facts about schizophrenia1
- On average, people living with schizophrenia have a reduced life expectancy by up to 18 years.
- Because of the severity of schizophrenia, up to 50% of people living with the disorder attempt suicide.
- Schizophrenia ranks in the top 10 causes of disability in developed countries.
- The onset on schizophrenia and its symptoms begin between the ages of 15 to 30.
While schizophrenia impacts the lives of people in several ways, it’s important to learn more about the disorder and not believe the myths and misconceptions. Visit schizophrenia24x7.co.za, a resourceful website packed with reliable information on treatment options and coping strategies.
Some treatment options for schizophrenia can include,3
- Oral medication which must be taken daily.
- Monthly injectable which is administered by a doctor.
Remember, with the right monthly treatment, psychosocial support and interventions from close friends and family, people living with schizophrenia can go on to live stable and productive lives.
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In working together, we can break the stigmas about schizophrenia and assist people living with the disorder to live a fulfilled life.