Tuesday, May 2, 2017

5 Common Preconceptions of Schizophrenia**

Schizophrenia is no unknown word. It is was one of the most common heard defining words when it comes to a severe mental illness. Infact many people who hear “schizophrenia’” or “schizophrenia,” immediately shuffle their legs back and express an opinion that is a direct antonym to positive. According to Rachael Hobbs at Independent co.uk , schizophrenia is one of the most misunderstood to date.


“When my charity, Rethink Mental Illness, Googled the phrase ‘schizophrenics should...’ when researching a potential campaign, we were so distressed by the results”


Having a preconception is an extreme flaw in today's world and only  is increasing in common sense. In defense of all diagnosed people with schizophrenia I am here to give you 5 common misunderstandings related to schizophrenia.


  1. People with Schizophrenia are unpredictable, hostile, violent, and lack civil control.
Stigma caused this unsupported idea that all individuals with schizophrenia commit crimes and are a ten in the psychotic scale. While instead, most people with this illness do not have violent crimes and the few who have had problems with the law only has 23 percent of their symptoms as a relating cause.


Instead, many people diagnosed often have lower employment and housing openings and hold higher percentages of stress, anxiety, and low self-esteem.


  1. If you have schizophrenia you also have multi-personality disorder.
DID (dissociative identity disorder a.k.a multiple personality disorder) has been strangely thought to be directly tied into schizophrenia given that schizophrenia can include personality problems. Both mental illnesses however completely train off in relations. What originated this confusion is the word “schizo” translating to “split” and “schizophrenia” as a whole defining as “split mind.” while deceiving as that definition may sound the symptoms in both are unrelatable (there is also many different variations in schizophrenia and varies per individual).


  1. People with schizophrenia are in need of hospitalization.
Because people living with schizophrenia are stigmatized with the “insane” sticker on them, they are often categorized in the confinement area. Many doctors however have said that many of their patients are living normal, efficient lives in society and take medication to ease their symptoms for personal healing.


  1. Schizophrenia affects only the mind.
Many think having a mental illness is exactly what it is as, mental. Unfortunately people with not just schizophrenia but Bipolar disorder have a lower year life expectancy ( up to 25 years less) less the average person .This is due to a combination of possible medication, depression. Anxiety, etc...


  1. All Schizophrenics only have delusions and hallucinations.
When a person thinks of the word schizophrenia, many would only define it as a person having constant voices in their head and seeing what is not truly in reality. Instead, Schizophrenia has a vast variety of symptoms including disorganized speech, high anxiety, short attention span, difficulty in apprehending tasks, lack of desiring the establishment of relationships and so on.


What to Gain:
Putting a diagnosed person in a negative category based on thoughts that have not been proven through science will not only further the fatalistic stigmas but also shun and stamp the millions of people coping with their long-term health disorder.  


References:

Crime & Mental health

I made an infrographic that focuses on the mental illness and stigma. In my blog, stigma and glamorizing mental health is directly correlated. Here is percentages about mental health and crime, many people have a misunderstanding and assume that mental health are large contributions in crime rates.

Watch your Vocabulary**

*Before discussing more in depth about this infographic I will first be stating that this blog post is not for the intent of pointing a finger at anyone who has or will say these phrases on a day-to-day basis. I have, in past times, said sentence/phrases shown in the image below with no awareness of other ears around me and I now am more conscious of considerations of what I say and how I say it . My opinions and what I currently stand for may differ from yours. This blog, “Glamorizing Mental Illness,” has posts and will have posts of high controversy and all opinions are welcome in a respectful approach. *




This infographic shows phrases that have obvious reasons on what is offensive to, say a person suffering from a disorder of the ones mentioned in the infographic. The purpose of this informative picture is to be a reminder that Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Insomnia etc… are medical diagnoses that tens of thousands individuals are living with for a lifetime.