We’ve noticed that when people have been discussing mental health issues more and more these days, they usually just stick to anxiety and depression. Yes, discussing these things are great, and we’re all trying to help end the stigma of mental illness. However, schizophrenia doesn’t get the same treatment as anxiety or depression and the stigma is still alive and well. There is a lack of knowledge when it comes schizophrenia, and this perpetuates the stigma. Here are five things you should know about schizophrenia:
1. Schizophrenia and violence.
It is one of the most common and enduring myths around schizophrenia that all people suffering from this condition are violent. Violent behaviour is comparatively rare. Most people with schizophrenia are never violent and indeed do not display any dangerous behavior.
2. People with Schizophrenia are still people.
Just because some battles schizophrenia doesn’t mean they are any less human. They still think and feel, sometimes more deeply than other people. People with schizophrenia are just trying to get by in life just like the rest of, and sometimes their minds play tricks on them, which makes the task a lot more difficult.
3. Schizophrenia is not split personalities.
It’s a huge misconception that schizophrenia is the same as dissociative identity disorder. These are two different disorders, but thanks to Hollywood and the media, people have come to believe that schizophrenia and dissociative identity disorder are the same thing.
4. People who battle schizophrenia are not lost causes.
There’s a notion among people both inside and outside of the mental-health field that schizophrenia is a life sentence of limited capabilities and an inability to function normally in society. But it’s nothing more than an illness—an illness that can be dealt with and overcome. While schizophrenics may never get rid of some of the symptoms, they are just as capable as anyone else of being a contributing member of society.
5. Not everyone has the same symptoms.
Some people think that there are major common symptoms of schizophrenia present in every case, but the truth is, each individual is unique. Some may only experience psychosis, while others may have hallucinations. There are some common symptoms, but every person is different.
People battling with schizophrenia are trying to maintain a balance between the things their brains are telling them and reality. They are just trying their best to live normal, balanced lives. It’s up to us to try and change how the media represents them as violent human beings and being completely deranged. All of that couldn’t be further than the truth, and it’s time we listened more so we can end this stigma once and for all.
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