World Schizophrenia Day 2017

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Welcome to another one of my mental health campaigning videos. On the 24th of May is world schizophrenia day. Schizophrenia usually is classified as an umbrella term regarding severe mental illness. World schizophrenia day helps to education, campaign and highlight the issues about schizophrenia, which can also be a misunderstood term.

If you wish to see the video about world schizophrenia day, please see below.

A little bit of education about Schizophrenia and Psychosis

Some reasons why people get schizophrenia could be the results of genetics combined with an environmental stresses or childhood trauma that can contribute to the disorder.

Those who suffer from Schizophrenia will likely have

Trouble making decisions, using information, focusing or poor concentration.
Symptoms related to emotions- These are usually negative symptoms, such as blunted emotions.

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As a note : People with schizophrenia are far more likely to harm themselves than be violent toward the public, although there are some very rare cases.

Estimated figures of those suffering from Schizophrenia are around

  • 6 to 12 million people in China
  • 4.3 to 8.7 million people in India
  • 2.2 million people in USA
  • 285,000 people in Australia
  • Over 280,000 people in Canada
  • Over 250,000 diagnosed cases in Britain
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When learning about Schizophrenia, you may hear the terms positive and negative symptoms.

Positive symptoms – These can be delusions, hallucinations,
Negative symptoms – Usually Social withdrawal, lack of motivation, etc.

Outcomes of Schizophrenia

With a good support network, the outcomes of those living with Schizophrenia are good, support the the carer and the ‘cared for’ must not be underestimated. The outcomes without support leave those suffering the following.

  • Ending up homeless or living in shelters.
  • In jails or prison.
  • Living long term a in Hospital.
  • Ending up in a Nursing homes.
  • End up in Supervised Housing.
  • One of the worst is those receiving next to no support can end up taking their lives.

There are a lot of reasons why those suffering schizophrenia suffer a lack of support. These range from

  • Wanting the independence to deal with the illness by themselves.
  • Lack of insight into the condition where the clinician did not intervene .
  • No funding into providing medical or psychology support.
  • Lack of support for the carer or family structure.
  • Unsure about where to go for help in a crisis.
  • Help was not forthcoming or too late

With good outcomes

Suffers can live with a family member or Carer or Even live independently

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No Cure

It is a sad fact that there is no cure for Schizophrenia, but with the right help being medication and psycho therapy, plus support given to the patient and family, the person suffering the illness can live a good quality life.