10 Schizophrenia fact you need to know

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10 schizophrenia fact you need to know

multiple personality

The first schizophrenia fact you need to know it’s not multiple personality. This is a common belief that schizophrenia involves multiple personalities that a person holds and maintains, which is also clinically referred to as dissociative identity disorder. It’s really important to keep in mind that these are completely different illnesses, and they have nothing really to do with each other. Schizophrenia is not multiple personalities, but rather it’s a break from reality instead of a break from your own personality.

psychosis

The  2nd schizophrenia fact you need to know psychosis and psychosis is basically a break from reality, which is commonly characterized by hallucinations and delusions where a person is or believing something that isn’t really there or isn’t actually true. It’s really important to keep in mind and to really understand that a person who’s experiencing psychosis and these hallucinations delusions, illusions, what they’re experiencing is very, very real to them. So if you’re as someone supporting someone or interacting someone in the midst of psychosis. It’s important to keep in mind to not negate what they are experiencing, but rather to validate it and validate what they’re feeling. And it was in response to what they’re experiencing and to kind of figure out how to move forward with them in a constructive way without still being their reality. On that same vein, it’s important to know, feed into their delusions or hallucinations by encouraging it, but rather to just acknowledge it as what they’re experiencing and validating,

hallucinations and delusions

The  3rd

schizophrenia fact you need to know

hallucinations and delusions. So what I was talking about in terms of hollow stations and delusions that come with psychosis are common with schizophrenia, but it’s also important to note that there are two branches of symptoms that are commonly experienced with people who have schizophrenia. These are positive symptoms and negative symptoms. Positive symptoms are these symptoms such as whose nations and delusions. Whereas negative symptoms are the more less visible symptoms such as decreased um motivation, decreased energy loss of interest in things, blunted affect this cluster symptoms is commonly forgotten about when talking about schizophrenia, because positive symptoms are the addition of a behavior added because of the illness. And negative symptoms are basically the removal of a behavior because of the illness, so it’s kind of harder to notice or to identify these symptoms.

violence

The  4th

schizophrenia fact you need to know

violence is not a symptom of schizophrenia. It’s a really commonly held belief. Our misconception around schizophrenia that it involves violence as a symptom. And this is just not the case. In fact, people who are living with schizophrenia are more likely to be the victims of violence than the perpetrators the rate of violent acts or violent crimes by people living with schizophrenia is 1 percent, which is the exact same as the general population. A lot of what we hear in the news or in popular culture or popular media are the negative depictions of mental illness and a schizophrenia that involve instances of violence committed by people who are living with schizophrenia. This is not really fair to the vast majority of people who are living with schizophrenia because it’s kind of making the assumption that these the small percentage of people who are committing violent acts or violent crimes and living with schizophrenia represent the larger population of people who do not commit violent acts or violent crimes, and they’re living with schizophrenia. This is a really important misconception to be aware of in order to keep producing stigma around schizophrenia.

not discriminate in who it affects,

The  5th

schizophrenia fact you need to know

schizophrenia does not discriminate in who it affects, so it affects everyone equally. Regardless of gender, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation. Ethnicity, regardless of any of these factors or identity markers, it affects everyone equally, and one in 100 people will be affected by schizophrenia in their lifetime.

unkown cause

The  6th

schizophrenia fact you need to know

the exact cause of schizophrenia is still unknown, however. We do have information about precipitating factors. Meaning factors that can trigger the onset of schizophrenia if you have a genetic predisposition to the have it. So a commonly used study to indicate whether a disease is hereditary or not are twin studies, where they study the incidence of a disease in both the twins to see what is due to hereditary biological factors and what is due to environmental factors and a recent study that was conducted on the hereditary factor in terms of schizophrenia found that schizophrenia is about 80 percent hereditary now this doesn’t necessarily mean that because your parrot has. Schizophrenia that you are going to inherit it again, like I said, there are precipitating factors that are at play as well that determine they’re not an illness will come to light in your lifetime or not. Some of these precipitating factors can be anything from a stressful incident to drug use or anything.

affects everyone differently

The  7th

schizophrenia fact you need to know

schizophrenia affects everyone differently, so this is just to say that every individual who has schizophrenia, we’ll experience a variety of different symptoms that kind of fallen into the same umbrella. But being looked different from person to person, so people can have different kinds of hallucinations and delusions, so hallucinations can be anything from old factory, so smell audio visual, tactile or taste. Any of the senses can involve hallucinations. And they can be different for each individual. There are also different kinds of delusions that can be exhibited in each individual, and it varies from person to person. What exactly their delusions or foolish nations include. There is also a little bit of a spectrum involved with the illness in terms of severity or intensity of symptoms, so on the spectrum. There are people who are well presenting. Which is kind of commonly referred to as higher functioning. However, I don’t really like this term because it is kind of exclusionary to other people, and it is a little stigmatizing, so I use the term well presenting, so there are people who are more well presenting, and there are people who have more obvious symptoms and are more obviously symptomatic. And their Sophronia illness, but it’s really important to keep in mind that even if an individual seems while presenting, that’s not really always indicative of what symptoms they’re actually internally struggling, and they may be hiding their struggle with their symptoms really well, and they may be just kind of putting on a bit of a facade in terms of what level they’re actually functioning at. So something that I just wanna point out about this is that no matter where you find yourself spectrum in terms of functioning or how your symptoms are presenting, it’s okay. It doesn’t matter if you are well presenting or if you have more obvious symptoms, um, everyone experiences the illness differently. And it’s okay wherever you find yourself.

contagious,

The  8th

schizophrenia fact you need to know

schizophrenia is not contagious, so you cannot contract schizophrenia by being around someone or by touching someone. It is not a communicable disease. It is a mental illness that affects just the individual, and it is not transferable to anyone else. Um, I think that this is kind of a misconception that comes about because of stigma and just miss education or an education, I guess, around the illness, people don’t really understand it, and so they become afraid of it, and they are afraid of what might be passed to them if they’re in contact with someone with schizophrenia. But this is not the case. It is not contagious, and you should absolutely treat someone with schizophrenia, just the same as you would treat anyone else.

treatable

The  9th

schizophrenia fact you need to know

is that schizophrenia is treatable, so in years past. It was kind of understood that if you could proceed the diagnosis of schizophrenia, it was almost a life sentence in terms of quality of life you would endure just because there wasn’t really effective treatments available, and what often happened was that people were shuttled off to psychiatric institutions where they were just kept for the rest of their life. This is not really the case anymore. And there are much better perspectives and outlooks for people who are living with schizophrenia. Nowadays, it can be treated with medication therapy and various other social supports, so the primary treatment available for schizophrenia is medication antipsychotic medication. However, it’s also really important to have other factors in terms of your recovery, such as therapy, other social supports and just leading kind of a balanced, healthy lifestyle. So even while on medication and receiving treatment for schizophrenia, there can still be what’s called breakthrough symptoms where a person still experiences symptoms of illness, even while they’re on medication or receiving treatment, usually the severity of the symptoms are reduced while on medication or receiving treatment, and in my experience, it’s been more manageable. While i’m on medication, even these breakthroughs. Symptoms and

meaningful and productive lives.

The  10th

schizophrenia fact you need to know

people who are living with schizophrenia can lead meaningful and productive lives. So like I said, there are treatments available for schizophrenia that can help an individual to lead a meaningful and full light, even with the illness. Unfortunately, it’s kind of a commonly held belief or misconception or stereotype or prejudice. I guess some people who are living with schizophrenia that they are less competent or they are unable to engage in meaningful life activities, relationships, hobbies or meaningful work or various life experiences like that. And this is really unfortunate because it is within an individual who lives living with schizophrenia capacity to experience these kinds of experiences and to engage in life in a meaningful way, the way everyone else does, it’s important to kind of note that it may be a little harder. Sometimes for somebody who’s experiencing schizophrenia and some of these may be met with different kinds of challenges than the typical personal experience. However, it is still possible for them to lead a meaningful and productive life. I think for myself, I internalized a lot of these messages that were being put upon me by society. And that was really detrimental to what I was able to open myself up to into experiences and individuals. So if you are living with schizophrenia coming around to this kind of self acceptance around this issue, acknowledging that you are totally capable of leading a meaningful and productive life is really important, so that wraps up my list of the top ten things, I feel that you should know about schizophrenia. This list is by no means exhaustive, and there is so much more to know and to understand about schizophrenia, but these are just the kind of things that I feel that everyone in society should know about schizophrenia. If you enjoyed this video, if you found it helpful at all, please give me thumbs up or leave a comment below and make sure to subscribe for future videos. Thanks so much again for watching and wishing you and your loved ones good health, .

 

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