The Truth About Schizophrenia

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The Truth About Schizophrenia

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

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