It takes a lot to understand Schizophrenia. As a western society we tend to hide people with Schizophrenia away behind locked wards, high fences and their own private accommodations. There is little social inclusion opportunities. Sometimes planning permissions to build psychiatric hospitals are turned down after locals object to having "crazy people" in their neighbourhoods.
So usually the first time you meet someone who has Schizophrenia who is normally close to you, or have been told that you suffer from Schizophrenia it is a very scary and confusing time trying to understand and accept the new label. You go through a range of emotions.
I am been involved in the treatment of schizophrenia for the past decade and have witnessed first hand the the effects this illness can have on an individual, their families and their friends. Developing a proper understanding of Schizophrenia can help cope and prepare for the future. My site will talk about how the diagnosis is made, the treatments available and their pros and cons, what to expect in future, and what resources are available to both the patient and the family.
Schizophrenia is unfortunately a very misunderstood illness. Even medical doctors who have not undergone further mental health specialist training feel inadequate in treating patients when they end up in their emergency rooms in a very disturbed psychotic state.
The lay public sometimes hold the erroneous belief that people suffering from Schizophrenia have split personalities or multiple personalities.
So, what is schizophrenia? Please see this link for further discussion if you want to understand schizophrenia.
The term "he/she is a schizophrenic" has become an unfortunate addition to our language and thoughts. You should not lose your identity to an illness. You are still a brother, mother, student, etc and a person who is suffering from a illness which can have a large impact on your life.
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