Schizophrenia

Claudia Berg

Description

Schizophrenia is also called the Reality Break. You fail to realize the difference from Reality and Fiction.

What It Feels Like To Have It

Being Schizophrenic, is basically the same as not having it. The worst symptom, is feeling like nothing is wrong. Most people don’t even know they have it. You end up realizing the hallucinations, voices, and the regular symptoms, but just dismiss them. You just figure, it’s a phase. A lot of people have Schizophrenia, but you don’t even know it.

Signs And Symptoms

The Signs and Symptoms of Schizophrenia are hallucinations, delusions, altered emotions, withdrawal, lack of motivation, and disorganization.

When Seeking Treatment

If you think you may have Schizophrenia, all you have to do is tell your doctor or Therapist.

Testing/Diagnosis

The first step to schizophrenia treatment is getting a correct diagnosis. This isn't always easy, since the symptoms of schizophrenia can resemble those caused by other mental and physical health problems. Furthermore, people with schizophrenia may believe nothing is wrong with them and resist going to the doctor

Treatment

Successful treatment of schizophrenia depends on a combination of factors. Medication alone is not enough. In order to get the most out of treatment, it's important to educate yourself about the illness, communicate with your doctors and therapists, have a strong support system, make healthy lifestyle choices, and stick to your treatment plan.

If Left Untreated

If Schizophrenia is left untreated, you could go homeless {Once released from hospitalization}, you could have incarceration, Episodes of Violence, and have Suicidal thoughts/actions.

Embarrassed Of Schizophrenia

If your embarrassed about seeking help, don't worry. A lot of people have it, and you can't even tell.

Statistics

A diagnosis of schizophrenia is not a life-sentence of ever-worsening symptoms and hospitalizations. Recovery is possible. In fact, the majority of people with schizophrenia get better over time, not worse. According to the UK’s Royal College of Psychiatrists, for every five people who develop schizophrenia:

  • 1 in 5 will get better within five years of their first episode of schizophrenia.
  • 3 in 5 will get better, but will still have some symptoms. They will have times when their symptoms get worse.
  • 1 in 5 will continue to have troublesome symptoms.

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