Sufferers become zombies with medication. Adjective associated with schizophrenia are disinterest, laziness and vacant expressions. People believe that meditation to treat this disease is the cause for these symptoms. But the truth is that side effects of these medications are very minor compared to the benefits. The safest group of drugs commonly used among man are anti-psychotic medications.
Schizophrenics are dangerous and violent
People suffering from this disease are unpredictable but not violent. Some do commit crimes but not all of them are because of schizophrenia. Proper mental treatment controls these sorts of activities.
Developed only in later stages of life
This disorder develops between ages 16 to 30 and males get it at a younger age than females. Initial symptoms are disinterest in school and social life and later symptoms are behavioral changes, difficult relationships and fantasizing and delusions. It is best to treat this at initial stages.
The term ‘schizophrenia’ means ‘spilt mind’ but that does not mean that people suffering from this disease have multiple personalities. In fact, it means that the mind is confused and disordered resulting in hearing voices, loss of reality and false perceptions.
People think that there is no cure for this disorder, but it can be treated with psychosocial therapy, rehabilitation practices. It is no more like the past where the diseased was sent off to an institution to live at for the rest of their lives believing there was no cure. 30% of the patients recovery and 20% show improvement from this disease. But 50% of them will have long-term illness.
Schizophrenia is not a rare condition. 3.5 million people in the United States suffer from this disorder. It exists among all communities, races and social backgrounds.
Cannabis consumption reduces symptoms
These patients have enhanced amounts of cannabinoids in their blood and brain significantly worsening the disease. But the non-psychoactive element in cannabis helps symptoms and this needs more research.
Bad parenting causes schizophrenia
In the 1950s, psychologists thoughts that this disorder is caused by bad parenting. This is not true, instead it is a mental illness caused by drug abuse, physical or mental abuse, trauma or genes.