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What is Schizophrenia?


Schizophrenia is a mental illness that affects about one percent of American adults. This disease can cause hallucinations, delusions, and paranoid episodes. Learn more about the symptoms a schizophrenic might display.

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6:51PM PST on Feb 7, 2013

my dad has schizophrenia

4:20AM PST on Nov 14, 2012

Watch Elyn Saks talk about it in Ted.

9:56AM PST on Nov 13, 2012

Read "Anatomy of an Epidemic" by Robert Whitaker. It will open your eyes to what science REALLY tells us about the set of symptoms that is known as "schizophrenia." It's not that such people don't need and benefit from help - it's more that the kind of "help" currently offered creates hopelessness and dependency, when there are approaches that can create recovery for the vast majority who suffer from such problems.

9:56AM PST on Nov 13, 2012

This article adds to the cultural mythology surrounding the supposed disease of "schizophrenia."

Most concerning is the idea that it is "a horrible disease that can be controlled by drugs." What most people don't know is that prior to the drug era, people diagnosed with schizophrenia used to recover at rates exceeding 60%! This percentage remains true in studies of developing countries, like Brazil and India, where drugs are not the first line of treatment when someone presents with hallucinations or delusions. In northern Finland, there is a program called "Open Dialog" where a primarily drug-free intervention has accomplished social recovery rates of 80%!!! This means 80% of the people who presented with hallucinations and delusions were able to get work, advance their educations, be involved in meaningful social relationships, and contribute to society rather than becoming disabled and dependent, as the myth we've all come to believe tells us is expected. And the most recent research shows that far from controlling the symptoms, the long-term impact of psych drugs may well make chronic patients out of those who might otherwise recover. Current recovery rates in the US hover around a paltry 5%, and a big percentage of these DON'T use medication. Hence, the final statement that schizophrenia outcomes have improved over the last 30 years is completely false. They've actually gotten a lot worse.

Read "Anatomy of an Epidemic" by Robert Whitaker. It will open your eyes to

11:01AM PST on Nov 12, 2012

A friend of mine has this. She was diagnosed at the age of 11. Untill then she thought all people had it like her. She's doing fine most of the time with medications, but has to go to the hospital quite often to get further treatment.

8:21AM PST on Nov 12, 2012

As a teenage school boy I found the ups and downs in mood to be too fast too graph as hormones raged. I had read in a newspaper that hospitals in the UK were painted green because it had been found that this colour relaxed the patients. I thought it would be a great idea to stare at a piece of green paper in order to relax myself, but green cardboard from the stationery shop had no effect. Undeterred, I tried other colours and came upon one which did relax me. I then set about testing the colours of the rainbow in the stationery shop on other people that were stressed and found that everyone has a colour of cardboard that has a soporific affect. The Tension Sheet was born. I soon carried out a test on those with high blood pressure, and found that The Tension Sheet reduced the blood pressure to lower than normal figures in just minutes and recommend that a tension sheet is carried at all times, and that a chill-out room should be painted in the right colour in every tension sufferers home. It is certainly easier to stare at a correctly coloured piece of cardboard or wall for a few minutes than the interference with breathing patterns that most mediation involves. And it has better results. The Tension Sheet was also the first treatment I invented for mental illness and cured several homeless people with it in my school town. Both their own Doctors and local Clergy verified that they were cured. The mechanism for the cure is probably that the brain is relaxed by the Tension Sh

3:02AM PST on Nov 12, 2012

I would say that this kind of illness is not a shame if the concerned individual is willing to recognized and address the problem.I'm living right now in a country which schizophrenia is having a huge amount from the locals and its still taboo to see a designated physicians to identify the problems and to eliminate the impact on daily lives of everybody

2:35AM PST on Nov 12, 2012

Terrible disease, which can be controlled today with drugs.

1:06AM PST on Nov 12, 2012

Thanks.

11:32PM PST on Nov 11, 2012

Noted, thank you.

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