5 Important Facts You Didn’t Know About Schizophrenia

5 Important Facts You Didn’t Know About Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is considered one of the cruelest and most devastating brain disorders of all times. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, “people with the disorder may hear voices other people don’t hear. They may believe other people are reading their minds, controlling their thoughts, or plotting to harm them. This can terrify people with the illness and make them withdrawn or extremely agitated.”

Even when the description mentioned above, summaries what this disorder involves; the truth is that there is more into it than just hearing voices and experiencing weird hallucinations. It is very important to mention that nowadays, there is a great deal of information available in reference to what this condition is all about; but unfortunately, there are still people who are not familiar with it. In preparation to the Schizophrenia Awareness Day, which is celebrated on May 24, I will share with you five (5) important facts about this chronic, brutal, and disabling brain disorder that has affected many people throughout the history of human kind.

Important Fact # 1: It has been proven that schizophrenia affects about 1% of the population, but some research performed on this topic has shown that it affects men more commonly than women.

Important Fact # 2: This is a very important fact that I have to be honest and say that I did not know until I started writing this article. According to Psych Central, there are five (5) types of schizophrenia: paranoid (characterized by the presence of auditory hallucinations or prominent delusional thoughts about persecution or conspiracy),disorganized (which its predominant feature is disorganization of the thought processes),catatonic (which its main feature involves disturbances in movement), undifferentiated (“characterized by some symptoms seen in all of the above types, but not enough of any one of them to define it as another particular type of schizophrenia“), and residual(diagnosed when the patient no longer displays prominent symptoms).

Important Fact # 3: According to Mayo Clinic, the schizophrenia symptoms typically start in the early to mid-20s for men, and for women, the symptoms starts in the late 20s. The Mayo Clinic website also mentions that it is very unlikely for children to be diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Important Fact # 4:
Unfortunately, neither researchers nor professionals in the medical field know for sure what cause people to suffer from schizophrenia, but some of them believe that a combination of genetics and our own environment could be the reason for the development of the disorder.

Important Fact # 5:
Some medications that have been use to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia include Zyprexa, Risperdal, Seroquel, Geodon, Abilify, Invega, Saphis, Latuda, and Fanapt. Schizophrenia is one of those chronic conditions that will require lifelong treatment.

There you have it, my friends. Schizophrenia is such a serious and unpredictable condition that could affect anyone at any time. Sadly, there is not much we can do to prevent this illness, but one thing that we as responsible and caring citizens can do is to educate ourselves to be able to help those in need.

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