Posted by: JT | June 23, 2010

Schizophrenia – What’s the deal?

In Australia, around one in five people will experience a mental illness at some stage of their life, including alcohol or other substance abuse disorders. In extreme cases, mental illness can be very serious affecting all areas of a person’s life from employment, to relationships, to everyday functioning.  These statistics make you think that really anyone could suffer from a mental illness. The illness that I will be focusing on is schizophrenia.

Schizophrenia is a mental condition that affects the brain and how it functions.  Three-quarters of persons with schizophrenia develop the disease between 16 and 25 years of age, and not very common in people who are over 40. Schizophrenia is more common in men than woman.

Not much research has gone into this decease meaning they are often forgotten. There is no definite reason of why people get this disease however it is known that the chances are higher to get it if one of your parents has had this decease. Schizophrenia can be treated through medication and support from friends and family.

Some of the symptoms of schizophrenia include hallucinations, thought disorders, social withdrawal, lack of motivation, lack of insight.

While these psychotic symptoms are more alarming, other symptoms reinforce the alienation of people with schizophrenia. They are often unable to participate in normal social events or conversations and lack sufficient motivation for simple activities like bathing or cooking, also, sufferers lack the insight to recognise how their inappropriate behaviour appears to others.

If you need help for schizophrenia, you should firstly go to your doctor and seek medical help also there are numbers of hotlines in which you can call:

– Kids Helpline: 1800  55 1800

– Lifeline: 13 11 14

– Beyond Blue: 1300 22 46 36

Emmilen (8PDHPE)

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  1. Emmilen this is a great article you have written. Clear and well researched, I thought you highlighted some very important points such as the alienation of people with schizophrenia. It is devastating for the person suffering with it as well as their loved ones. This is the first time I have looked at this website and I enjoyed reading your article, well done.


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