Posted by: JT | June 23, 2010

Schizophrenia – a mental health disorder

Imagine, hearing something that isn’t there, seeing something that isn’t there, thinking that something is true when no-one else thinks the same, having thoughts all jumbled in your head. This is what it feels like to have a mental illness, particularly Schizophrenia (skits-a-fren-iya). It’s a very weird word Schizophrenia, but it is a real word. As I said before, it’s a mental illness.

Did you know that every year, 20% of adults experience some sort of mental illness. Even though 20% isn’t too big, mental illnesses are very common. But what most people think about mentally-disabled people is very different from the truth. Although that statement may not have changed your mind about thinking mentally-disabled people differently, hopefully this article will tell you more about one of the many different mental illnesses.

So, most people might not know what Schizophrenia is, or they have a wrong idea about it, like the ‘split personality’, the fact is that people with Schizophrenia do not have a ‘split personality’. Aside from this, some symptoms include:

  • Confused thinking – Basically, having jumbled up thoughts that make life confusing.
  • Delusions – Believing in something that is false that no-one, from the same background as the person, believes.
  • Hallucinations – Where someone hears, sees, feels, tastes or smells something that isn’t actually there.

No-one understands how people get Schizophrenia fully, but sometimes stress and taking certain drugs. One in a hundred people get Schizophrenia anytime in their lives. Schizophrenia is commonly developed when in late teens/early twenties. Schizophrenia can be treated with medication and support from the community.

I hope my article has helped you understand a little more about mental illnesses, especially about Schizophrenia.

Chris (8PDHPE)

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