“She’s like that all the time… like she’s talking to people even though she’s alone. Sometimes I can’t understand what she’s saying.”
“She has lost interest in everything she used to enjoy. It was like she became a different person.”
Schizophrenia is a chronic and severe mental disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. It may seem like they have lost touch with reality.
Although schizophrenia is not as common as other mental disorders, it can be disabling.
The causes of schizophrenia are still unknown, so treatments focus mostly on eliminating the symptoms of the disease.
Successful treatment of schizophrenia include addressing the following symptoms: Delusions and Hallucinations
Almost every day she looks outside her window to check for snipers aimed at her room.
A patient with schizophrenia may firmly believe in things that are not real or not shared by others.
The patient believes that she is going to be harmed or harassed by an individual or group.
A patient with schizophrenia may hear or see things that are not real.
The patient reports to hearing voices/s saying negative things about her or people and things around her.
Successful treatment of schizophrenia include reducing its negative symptoms: Anhedonia, Diminished emotional expressions and Loss of volition
It's like my sister went the opposite way. She has lost interest in everything she used to enjoy doing. Her nature seemed to disappear.
Each time I talk to her, she cannot see herself any other way than just namp and deeply low.
The journey is long and will take a lifetime. I am forever hopeful.
My loved one will receive appropriate treatment.
My loved one enjoys care and support.
My loved one feels accepted, not neglected, never abandoned.
There’s no room for hopelessness and despair.
We will never give up. We are all together in this journey.
I will replace false beliefs with more accurate information about schizophrenia.
P.W.S. (persons with schizophrenia) can analyze situations. Intelligence is maintained although problems in intellect may evolve in the course of time.
“Not a synonym for stupid.”
“We are human beings as much as anyone else.”
“When unwell, I might not be my usual self and might say, think or do things out of character.”
“It’s something you didn’t do wrong or something your parents did.”
“Yes, I do talk to myself. I do this to help ease the voices or talk over them so I can think straight.”
“That I am not lazy or faking it to get out of work. Do not judge me nor be mean to mean to me when I’m on disability. It hurts a lot.”
Our hope is for PWS to continue performing their chosen roles in the family and the community.
PWS have goals they wish to pursue.
PWS live lives to the fullest.
“Have you been half asleep and have you heard voices?"
"I’ve heard them calling my name”
The Rainbow Connection Song from the Muppet Movie
Have you heard voices that are not real while half-asleep? In persons without mental health condition, the voices are gone immediately. We all experience brief episodes of hallucinations. It’s normal.
In schizophrenia, the voices that are unreal won’t go away.
Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that interferes with a person’s ability to recognize what is real and what is not real.
No. The false beliefs, hearing unreal voices and disturbed behavior, are positive symptoms of schizophrenia. What is real for the PWS may not be real for us.
Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that interferes with a person’s ability to recognize what is real.
No. She is a PWS. She does not like to participate and has no drive to be active. You might think she’s irresponsible. But these are the negative symptoms of schizophrenia.
We will replace false beliefs with more accurate information about schizophrenia.
The truth is, vast majority of PWS never commit any form of violence.
Violence that is associated with schizophrenia is usually due to the PWS’s response to a lack of appropriate treatment, lack of support, and lack of acceptance.
Overall number of crimes committed by PWS is only a very small percent of the number of crimes committed by those without mental illness.
The risk of violence associated with schizophrenia is minimized by proper treatment and intervention.
Let me carry the torch that banners the truth. Hope will always be in schizophrenia.
PWS can recover from schizophrenia.
That nobody recovers from schizophrenia is not true. It’s a misconception.
PWS can be treated.
That schizophrenia is an untreatable disease is not true. It is a misconception.
There are PWS who had excelled in their chosen fields : arts, sciences, business, sports.
The belief that everything a PWS says is nonsense is not true. It is a misconception.
Schizophrenia is an illness. No need to point fingers or who’s to blame. That it is the perfect fault is not true.
That the PWS deliberately chose to be weak is not true. These are misconceptions.
One should take care of one’s general health. One does not need to go to the gym all the time to be physically active. There are things that can be done every day to be generally healthy.
Taking the stairs instead of the elevator
Doing some gardening
Exercising while watching TV
Swimming for 20 minutes
Brisk walking for 30 minutes
Biking for 30 minutes
Social dancing such as Zumba for 30 minutes
Consult your doctor for guidance on exercise and physical activities
Here are other ways to help you or a loved one during treatment for anxiety and depression:
30 minutes of exercise everyday can-do wonders for one’s mood. (put image)
There are a lot of ways on how to talk to people dealing with these conditions.
The body gets energy from food, so it helps to eat regularly, even if one does not feel like eating. A well balanced meal also helps keep one healthy.
It’s going to be a steady journey to progress.
Mood will improve gradually rather than immediately.