What is Schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is a chronic and severe mental disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. People with schizophrenia may seem like they have lost touch with reality. Although schizophrenia is not as common as other mental disorders, the symptoms can be very disabling. -www.nimh.gov

 

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In my own case it was just over a decade ago when my brother began to sound different on the phone. He lived back East and my parents and I were living on the West coast and in phone calls it became apparent that my brother's voice no longer had the same tones of excitement and humor that he used to; and instead it was very flat. At the same time he began to tell us about a situation at work that just didn't seem possible; he was complaining that a group of fellow workers were conspiring to get him. My brother was fresh out of college and was starting in a Sales job at a fast growing computer company and said that there was jealousy by the other salespeople there because many of them didn't have a college degree and that he was on the "fast track". Then he started telling us that he wasn't feeling very good and that he thought that one of these scheming co-workers had stuck him with a needle with some unknown drug so as to take him out of competition for the top jobs in the company. He also said he felt strange, and didn't have much energy and couldn't concentrate.

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  • You can help

    The love and support of family and friends plays an important role in schizophrenia treatment. If someone close to you has schizophrenia, you can make a huge difference by helping that person find the right treatment and self-help, cope with symptoms, and build a fulfilling life. A diagnosis of schizophrenia is not a life-sentence for your loved one. Recovery is possible, especially with your support. While dealing with a loved one’s schizophrenia can be challenging, these strategies can help you guide your loved one on the road to recovery without losing sight of your own hopes and dreams.

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  • Statistics

    Stop the stigma- Talk openly about mental health. Mental illness touches so many lives and yet it's STILL a giant secret. Educate yourself and others about mental health.Correct and inform people respectfully when they are perpetrating stereotypes and misconceptions. Speak up and educate them. Show empathy and compassion for those living with a mental health condition. When you love and respect everyone, you have a desire to learn more about who they are and what their life is like. Stop the criminalization of those who live with mental illness. Professionals and families together need to talk to neighborhood groups, law enforcement, hospitals and legal experts to share experiences and knowledge on interacting with mentally ill.

    • Statistic 1

      After 10 years, of the people diagnosed with schizophrenia: 25% Completely Recover, 25% Much Improved, relatively independent, 25% Improved, but require extensive support network, 15% Hospitalized, unimproved, 10% Dead (Mostly Suicide)

    • Statistic 2

      After 30 years, of the people diagnosed with schizophrenia: 25% Completely Recover, 35% Much Improved, relatively independent, 15% Improved, but require extensive support network, 10% Hospitalized, unimproved, 15% Dead (Mostly Suicide)

    • Statistic 3

      Approximately: 6% are homeless or live in shelters, 6% live in jails or prisons, 5% to 6% live in Hospitals, 10% live in Nursing homes, 25% live with a family member, 28% are living independently, 20% live in Supervised Housing (group homes, etc.)

    • Statistic 4

      At some time during their life about 1 in 100 people will suffer an episode of schizophrenia.

    • Statistic 5

      Schizophrenia is a major illness. At any one time about 280,000 people are being treated for schizophrenia by the NHS.

    • Statistic 6

      Schizophrenia strikes most often in late teens and early twenties. Slightly later in women than in men. However late onset can occur as late as 70 years old.

    • Statistic 7

      About 25% of people who suffer an episode of schizophrenia will go on to recover completely without any further problems in the future.

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