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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.
Having schizophrenia makes having a job impossible
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.
People with schizophrenia have a split personality or Multiple Personality Disorder
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.
People with schizophrenia are dangerous.
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.
People with schizophrenia have a shorter lifespan
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.
Schizophrenia can be treated.
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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