Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a long term mental health condition which is often described as a type of psychosis. This means that the person with schizophrenia is unable to distinguish between their own thoughts and ideas from reality. It causes a range of different psychological symptoms. 

The media wrongly portray schizophrenia as such a violent and dangerous illness which is such a massive misconception. There is more media misinformation about schizophrenia than about any other type of mental health problem out there via things like TV shows and newspapers. They often present people with schizophrenia as being highly dangerous to society even though most people with schizophrenia dont commit violent crimes.

Some people describe their thoughts as being controlled by someone else, that their thoughts aren't their own, or that thoughts have been planted in their mind by someone else. 

 Some symptoms of schizophrenia include:
  • Hallucinations, hearing voices, seeing things, smelling things, tasting or feeling things that only exist in their mind, they're not really there.  
  • Delusions, which can include paranoid delusions, which are strong beliefs held with complete conviction, even though it's based on a mistaken, strange or unrealistic view. It may affect the way the person behaves. Delusions can begin suddenly, or may develop over weeks or months.
  • Not taking care of yourself or wanting to. 
  • Wanting to avoid social contact.
  • Feeling disconnected from your feelings and the world. 
  • Difficulty concentrating.
  • A lack of interest in things.
  • Changes in behaviour.
  • Muddled thoughts which are based on hallucinations or delusions. 
The causes of schizophrenia is currently unknown, but links have been made to genetic and environmental factors.

There isnt a test which can test to see if you have schizophrenia, it is usually diagnosed by a mental health care professional such as a psychiatrist after a mental health assessment.

Some milder symptoms of schizophrenia include:
  • Feeling suspicious or fearful.
  • Worrying about people's motives.
  • Hearing quiet voices now and again.
  • Finding it difficult to concentrate.
Medication such as antipsychotic medication and CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) are the most common used form of treatment for people with schizophrenia. Many people recover from it yet the occasional relapse can happen. However, if it is well managed, the amount of severe relapses can be reduced significantly.

Self care practices for schizophrenia includes:
  • Preventing illness or accidents.
  • Maintaining good physical and mental health. 
  • Avoiding drugs and alcohol.
  • Effectively dealing with minor ailments and long-term conditions. 
  • Stopping smoking.
If you're experiencing symptoms of schizophrenia, you should see a doctor as soon as possible in order to get the right treatment, because as soon as it is treated, the better. 

4 comments:

  1. Thank you for shining light on schizophrenia -- it is important to seek help for it <3

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    1. thank you for reading! very true, its very important! x

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  2. I’m so glad you did this!! You’re helping come to light a more unspoken about mental illness, this is so important for people to be more aware of it. Amazing post x

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