Myth About Schizophrenia
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Myth About Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia occurs in about one percent of the people on earth. In some countries it is observed more often in others less, but the reason for the prevalence of this disease is still unknown to scientists. There are statistics of the occurrence of schizophrenia in different social groups

Myth: Schizophrenia - a very rare disease.

Fact: Schizophrenia occurs in about one percent of the people on earth. In some countries it is observed more often in others less, but the reason for the prevalence of this disease is still unknown to scientists. There are statistics of the occurrence of schizophrenia in different social groups.

Myth: Schizophrenia arises from abuse in childhood.

Fact: On the occurrence of schizophrenia in humans have practically no influence education, socio-economic situation of the family or religion. The disease occurs as a result of metabolism several substances in the brain, this process is the child's life circumstances can not affect. However, adverse conditions may worsen or provoke weighting of the disease.

Myth: Mental illnesses are contagious.

Fact: Mental illness is not contagious. The disease is not transmitted by airborne droplets or by other means of infection, and therefore can not become ill with schizophrenia, closely interacting with the patient.

Myth: Schizophrenia runs in families.

Fact: If your family has schizophrenia, you can not say with absolute probability of the disease be passed by inheritance, and you or your children. A woman with a diagnosis of schizophrenia is able to bear and give birth to a child's grade. It should be remembered that the factor of heredity in schizophrenia manifests itself as a cancer or diabetes. If two parents are sick - sick baby in about 50% of cases, if a - the risk is 25%.

Myth: There are ways to cure schizophrenia.

Fact: Unfortunately, current treatments for schizophrenia do not allow you to completely rid a person from the disease. However, current drugs can, in many cases significantly reduce the symptoms and improve quality of life of patients and their loved ones.

Myth: People with schizophrenia are aggressive.

Fact: Patients with schizophrenia generally are not aggressive. Most of them are just very quiet and removed. According to statistics, an incident of aggressive behavior among them does not occur more frequently than in healthy people.

Myth: Schizophrenia - a consequence of bad behavior.

Fact: The fact that a person suffers from schizophrenia, does not mean that he did bad things. There is no reason to be ashamed of the fact that the disease is manifested in your family. Suffer from it - the same thing as ill with diabetes, peptic ulcer disease or other chronic diseases.

Myth: Schizophrenia - a sign of moral weakness.

Fact: The Mentally Ill people can not effort will eliminate the symptoms of the disease. Just as an effort of will not improve vision or hearing.

Myth: Schizophrenia - a sign of genius.

Fact: The course of schizophrenic thought different non-standard and sometimes originality. However, not all people with schizophrenia, genius.

Myth: People with schizophrenia can not work.

Fact: The diagnosis of "schizophrenia" is not a cause of human exclusion from work. The patient is well able to perform their duties. Moreover, the need to work are supported by a person and helps him recover from the attack and soon leave the hospital. The work improves self-esteem of the patient, confirm the interest of society in it.

Myth: Patients with schizophrenia in jail.

Fact: Sometimes, mentally ill people end up in jail. This happens because of vagrancy, substance abuse and other petty offenses are committed, as a rule, at the time of the attack, or exacerbation of the disease. Sadly, society views the prison as a place of isolation of people with schizophrenia. However, in the prison hospital they can not provide the necessary treatment and condition of the patients continued to deteriorate. The double punishment he gets from the abuse of other prisoners, which leads to permanent loss of social contacts and even greater isolation.

Myth: People with schizophrenia are not able to think about their treatment.

Fact: Most people with schizophrenia realize that they are sick and seek treatment, although the initial stages of the disease to humans is difficult to accept the disease. A person's ability to make decisions about their own treatment significantly enhanced if the members of his family occupy the position concerned, approve and support his decision.

Myth: There are methods of treatment for severe mental illness.

Fact: To date, no known methods to cure a person from a continuously flowing severe schizophrenia and manic-depressive psychosis. Some psychiatrists said that they are able to cure such insane. However, their methods have not been able to reproduce the other professionals at the randomly selected groups of patients. What we really can do is to weaken in many cases, the symptoms and improve quality of life of patients and their loved ones. We must not forget that there are varieties of schizophrenia, when zabolvanie flowing attack, even severe, but not leading to a defect and intermittent remissions of good quality at the level of practical recovery.

Myth: To be ill with schizophrenia is to have a split personality.

Fact: To be ill with schizophrenia - do not mean to have a split personality. The splitting of the personality associated with a very special mental state, called on the professional language of MULTIPLE PERSONALITY( Dissociative Disorders). It is caused by repeated trauma in childhood. For people with this disorder is characterized by transitions from one state to the opposite personality. For example, a shy and awkward in public typist from time to time into a sociable, and seductive entertainment seeker. In different states such people tend to be called by different names. It should be noted this is a very rare disorder and is diagnosed mainly psychoanalytically oriented American psychiatrists. It is beautifully displayed in the movie "The Color of Night" with Bruce Willis in the role of the psychiatrist.

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