Over 2 million adult Americans suffer from Schizophrenia and 10% of them even commit suicide after their diagnosis. Schizophrenia is a condition that has been marked with delusions, hallucinations, poor executive functioning, thought disorders and an inability to sustain everyday lives. Here are 10 facts about Schizophrenia that you need to know.
#1. Split Personality
The word schizophrenia actually means ‘split mind’ which causes a lot of confusion about this diseases. People often think that those who suffer from it have split personality. It is true that these patients experience hallucinations and delusions but they do not have another personality. Multiple personality is completely different disorder and not related to schizophrenia.
#2. No diagnosis
Currently there is no medical test to diagnose this condition. In the absence of a solid medical test, doctors have to rely on observations to reach a diagnosis.
#3. Schizophrenics need to be monitored at all times
People with this disease are now getting the right treatment and care so that it is possible for them to lead happy and productive lives. Even though many of such people live with their family or support houses but few are them are also active members of the society.
People often think that violence is a symptom of schizophrenia but it is not always so. In fact, people with this illness are more likely to be victims of violence rather than creators of it. However, there are times when hey get violent such as during treatments.