Schizophrenia (pronounced skit-so-phrenia) is a mental illness that interferes with a person’s ability to think clearly, manage emotions, make decisions or relate with others.
Okay, so now you understand or better still, have an idea of what schizophrenia is, here is a list of some things you didn’t know about this illness:
- If you or someone you know is schizophrenic, they are not alone; statistics have shown that everyone has a 1% chance of being schizophrenic.
- There is currently no medical test to diagnose schizophrenia, demonstrating that we have much more to learn about the brain. Only a professional can accurately diagnose or treat this illness with several observations and diagnosis; so, if you suspect you or anyone you know may be schizophrenic, please seek medical attention immediately.
- Most people with schizophrenia prefer to be left alone and are not violent; many believe that people with schizophrenia are violent, yes, they can be unpredictable but ironically, they just want to be left alone. Many of them are far from being violent.
- There are five subtypes of schizophrenia: Paranoid schizophrenia, Disorganized schizophrenia, Catatonic schizophrenia, Undifferentiated schizophrenia, and Residual schizophrenia
- If more than one people in the family has schizophrenia, the possibility of a child contracting the disease is pretty high; due to the fact that there is no one cause of schizophrenia, statistics have proven that chances of a child having schizophrenia is higher with parents (or family lineage) prone to such illness.
- The word schizophrenia comes from the Greek language and, roughly translated, it means split mind. However, people have misunderstood its translation. It actually means a split from reality rather than a split personality.
- Schizophrenia is rarely diagnosed in children, however, it is most likely to affect people within the age range of 16 and 30 years (for males- late teens and early 20’s, for females- mid 20’s to early 30’s). But, note that this doesn’t mean it restricted to these ages
- The experience with the disease will completely differ from one person to another. This means that two schizophrenic people will not have same experience
- There is currently no cure for the illness, but there are enough treatments and therapies available for suffers to be able to find a form of medication and talking therapy that helps them to manage their symptoms so they can live a full and healthy life
- Sadly, not everyone gets help, and there is an entire population of people who live undiagnosed or untreated and might be trapped in a circle of poverty