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    The Truth About Schizophrenia The Truth About Schizophrenia Presentation Transcript

    • The Truth AboutSchizophrenia
    • Schizophrenia is a way of describing a “split personality.”
    • False – Schizophrenia is a disease with a physical cause, like cancer or heart disease.
    • No one can recover from schizophrenia.
    • False – With proper treatment and support, the majority of people do recover.
    • Schizophrenia is a
      common mental illness.
    • True – About 1% of the world’s population and about 3 million U.S. citizens have schizophrenia.
    • Schizophrenia most commonly begins in people over age 50.
    • False – The onset of schizophrenia normally begins between the ages 15 and 25.
    • Schizophrenia can be caused by bad upbringing, or personal or moral weakness.
    • False – Schizophrenia is a disease with a physical cause
    • Schizophrenia can be diagnosed through a series of medical tests.
    • False – Currently there are no medical tests for schizophrenia, but several tools are used by trained professionals to evaluate and diagnose the disorder.
    • Approximately
      1 of every 10 people with schizophrenia completes a suicide attempt.
    • True – About 20%-40% of people with schizophrenia attempt to commit suicide.
      Suicide is the number one cause of death for young people with schizophrenia.
      Approximately 1 of every 10 people with schizophrenia completes a suicide attempt.
    • Like diabetes, schizophrenia has a genetic pattern.
    • True – There is a hereditary tendency for schizophrenia.
    • Hereditary Tendency Rates
      • General population1%
      • Sibling 5%
      • Child with 1 parent w/schizophrenia10%
      • Dizygotic (Fraternal) co-twin10%
      • Child of 2 parentsw/ schizophrenia 40%
      • Monozygotic (Identical) co-twin 50%
    • People with schizophrenia are often violent.
    • False – People with schizophrenia are no more likely to be violent.
      They are the victims of murder
      6 times the general population.
    • Schizophrenia is NOT
      • A lack of will power or discipline
      • A result of poor parenting
      • A consequence of substance abuse
      • Evil or possession
    • Schizop
      Schizophrenia is a Physical Disease
    • For more information about schizophrenia and how you can help…
      http://www.sardaa.org
      or
      info@sardaa.org