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Schizophrenia is a chronic disease of the brain, distinguished by a breakdown in a person’s ability to think clearly, manage emotions, make decisions and relate to others. It most commonly manifests as:
- Disorganized speech, thinking and behavior
- Psychosis (psyche = mind, osis = illness) — the experience of losing of contact with reality.
Psychosis is observed by:
- Auditory hallucinations
- Paranoid or bizarre delusions
Symptoms typically emerge in young adulthood, with diagnosis based on observed behavior and reported experiences. In the US approx., approx. 2.4 million adults over the age of 18 (or nearly 1% of the population), suffer from schizophrenia. The course of illness is typically unique for each person, making schizophrenia a complicated disease for which no single cause has been found. Important contributory factors include:
- Early environment
- Abnormal psychological and social processes
- Some recreational and prescription drugs
Despite the etymology of the word’s Greek roots, skhizein (σχίζειν, “to split”) and phrēn, phren- (φρήν, φρεν-; “mind”), schizophrenia reflects neither a “Split Personality” nor “Multiple Personality Disorder,” now called “Dissociative Identity Disorder” — a difference often confused in public perception. Rather, schizophrenia simpy means a "splitting of mental functions” because of the symptomatic presentation of the illness.
Unusual, inappropriate and sometimes unpredictable and disorganized behavior behavior is often caused by the delusions and hallucinations that are symptoms of schizophrenia. Those who are not effectively treated are often shunned. Along with medication, psychosocial rehabilitation and other community-based support can help those with schizophrenia go on to lead meaningful and satisfying lives. A lack of appropriate services devoted to individuals living with schizophrenia has left many languishing in jails and prisons.
Schizophrenia is often mischaracterized as an untreatable disease associated with violent behavior and many untrue and unfortunate stereotypes have developed. Most individuals living with schizophrenia are not violent; risk of violence is associated primarily with factors such as psychotic symptoms or substance abuse. Even then, violent behavior is generally uncommon and the overall contribution of schizophrenia to violence in a community is small. When engaged in treatment, schizophrenia is usually a manageable disease.
Like any other illness, if not addressed, schizophrenia can have a profoundly negative effect on a person’s life, family and community. Suicide is a serious risk, occurring at a much higher rate than the general population. However, the risk of suicide can be greatly reduced through the use of medication.
Getting an individual to take medication for his or her illness is difficult, especially when the person does not believe they are sick. Studies have shown that the majority of those living with schizophrenia do not believe themselves to be ill. This lack of awareness, or insight, is known as Anosognosia…
Led primarily by real people living with schizophrenia, assumptions re: what is possible for those living with the illness are changing. Long viewed as an incurable disease, new data suggests that as many as 50 percent of those diagnosed with schizophrenia have positive outcomes when they receive appropriate treatment. New research and expanding knowledge of best practices continues to improve the outlook for those living with schizophrenia.
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