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BRAIN ATTACK:

National Schizophrenia Awareness Day

By Dr. Madhusudan Singh Solanki in Mental Health And Behavioural Sciences

Sep 13 , 2022 | 1 min read

Schizophrenia is a complex, chronic and severe illness that can influence a person’s thoughts, emotions, actions, and perceptions. There is a disconnect between a person’s reality and perception of said reality.

Some Symptoms of Schizophrenia Include

  1. Hallucinations - Perceptions without stimuli; auditory hallucinations are the most common type. Other types of hallucinations include olfactory (smell), gustatory (taste) and tactile (sensation-related) hallucinations.

  2. Disorganised speech and thinking

  3. Delusions - Fixed, firm and false beliefs

  4. Disorganised motor functions

  5. Negative symptoms - Refers to an absence of normal behaviours.

  6. Catatonia - A group of symptoms characterised by a lack of movement and communication

  7. Psychosis - Disconnection from reality

People with Schizophrenia Diagnoses

  1. Are not violent or dangerous

  2. Do not have split personality disorder

  3. Are not a result of bad parenting

  4. Most of them do not require long-term hospitalisation

  5. Most the patient can get better with an effective combination of medications and therapy

  6. Most of the patients can live a better quality of life with regular treatment

On this national schizophrenia day, we celebrate and honour the resilience of people diagnosed with the condition. We must also acknowledge researchers, activists, and professionals for the psychosis-related care they provide relentlessly.

Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders are complicated disorders, and they require compassionate and proper care and awareness. There have been advances in medicine that have allowed us to manage schizophrenia much more effectively compared to a few decades ago.

Let’s spread this awareness that schizophrenia is treatable and people suffering from schizophrenia can live a better life with regular treatment.