Though schizophrenia is acute and serious, the research in the field is leading to a safer treatment. With proper treatment, people suffering from this disorder can be a part of society and lead a productive life
Every year 24th May is observed as World Schizophrenia Day to make people aware about schizophrenia and to shatter the stigma attached with this mental disorder. Schizophrenia is simply a mental disorder that affects a person’s ability to think, feel, and behave clearly. Regarded as a very grave disease in our society, people with the condition are among the most highly stigmatised and socially sidelined. Since 1986, Schizophrenia Awareness Week (SAW) is held in May every year. This year, Schizophrenia Awareness Week is marked from the 20 to 27 May 2018. This coincides with the week of World Schizophrenia Awareness Day. The theme for this year’s SAW is ‘Do What You Can Do, asking people to join in taking action to beat stigma and promote inclusion.
Though schizophrenia is acute and serious, the research in the field is leading to a safer treatment. With proper treatment, people suffering from this disorder can be a part of society and lead a productive life. Schizophrenia is not as common as other mental disorders, affecting about one percent of the population. However, the symptoms can be very disabling. We have investigated the common myths attached with Schizophrenia today.
Schizophrenia can make patients violent
This is the popular belief, while truth is something different. Most individuals suffering from the schizophrenia are rather victims of violence by family or outsiders. A few may get violent in an acute episode, but that too specifically towards family member for a short while.
Schizophrenic patients are low in intelligence
Contrary to this belief, we have the example of Professor John Nash, who inspired the Oscar-winning film ‘A Beautiful Mind’. He was a Nobel laureate in Economics. Schizophrenia may affect cognition if untreated, but it doesn’t make anyone dumb or lower their intelligence.
Schizophrenia must have life-long medication
Diagnosed with schizophrenia does not mean that medications need to go on until the end of life. Psychiatrists take a call based on various factor and many patients are slowly weaned off the medication and never have an episode ever.