Schizophrenia is a serious mental disorder that affects the way people think, perceive themselves, their surroundings, and just about every aspect of their life. Contrary to what many think, schizophrenia has nothing to do with 'split personalities' and instead has only to do with the reality that a sufferer perceives. Those with schizophrenia often socially and physically isolate themselves, losing trust in what others tell them because they truly see the world in a different way. This disorder involves chemical imbalance of the brain, with medications stability can be achieved.
People with Schizophrenia also suffer from attacks/episodes known as 'psychotic episodes' in which someone withdraws from reality even further, during these episodes people may sound incoherent and frantic, not able to form proper sentences or think clearly. During these episodes sufferers may appear 'crazy' to others, please know that they have no choice over what is happening to them and that these episodes are simply an aspect of this disorder. When speaking, sufferers may use words oddly or phrase sentences in a way that is not considered normal. They may also believe in conspiracies, magic, other worlds, or just become paranoid in general.
- Odd language
- Odd sleep schedule
- Lack or excess of sleep
- Inability to express emotions clearly
- Social withdrawal
- Loss of interest in hygiene
- Disbelief in what we consider 'obvious'
Though schizophrenia is chronic, medication/counseling can help keep the symptoms in check, making life much easier form whomever is the disorder.
Medications are considered to be the most effective, though counseling can also be used in addition, as those with schizophrenia find it very hard, if not impossible to trust others. Because schizophrenia is so serious, a psychiatrist definitely needs to be sought ought before even considering types of medication. Please seek a professional.
Therapy can differ from person to person. Some need pyschologists, some social workers, and some don't need counseling at all.
- People suffering from schizophrenia are not dangerous, they simply need help and support form others.
- Schizophrenia used to be classified by 'subtypes'.
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Early Psychosis and Schizophrenia Treatment Programs Staff. "Schizophrenia." Early Psychosis and Schizophrenia Treatment Programs. The Internet Mental Health Initiative, 2010. Web. 16 Jan. 2017. <http://schizophrenia.com/earlypsychosis.htm>.