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The Truth About Schizophrenia

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

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