The Truth About SchizophreniaPresentation 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org