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5 Things You Didn't Know About Schizophrenia

Posted 16 May 2018

Schizophrenia is a mental illness that often gets misunderstood and misrepresented in popular media.

What do you really know about Schizophrenia? You might be surprised.

On Schizophrenia Awareness Week, let's explore some common myths and surprising facts you may have not known.

Myth or fact?

Having schizophrenia makes having a job impossible

Truth

Schizophrenia can make it harder for you to land a job and go to work every day. But with the right treatment, many people can find a position that fits their skills and abilities.

Myth or fact?

People with schizophrenia have a split personality or Multiple Personality Disorder

Myth

People with schizophrenia have only ONE personality. The word ‘schizophrenia’ literally translated means ‘split mind’ which has caused a lot of confusion. People with schizophrenia do sometimes experience delusions and hallucinations but they do not have two separate personalities.

Myth or fact?

People with schizophrenia are dangerous.

Myth

Yes, sometimes people with schizophrenia can act violently especially when experiencing hallucinations. However, this does not mean that all people with schizophrenia are violent or dangerous. Infact, people with the illness are for more likely to be the victims of violence than the perpetrators.

Myth or fact?

People with schizophrenia have a shorter lifespan

True

Health systems have failed to meet the needs of people with schizophrenia, such that they die on average up to 19 years younger than the broader population, and this gap is widening.

Myth or fact?

Schizophrenia can be treated.

True

Although it's true that schizophrenia cannot be cured, it can be successfully treated. Medication, rehabilitation practices and psychosocial therapies can help individuals with schizophrenia lead independent and productive lives.

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