This diagnosis has had many baffled before, I myself did not know much about it assuming it meant that you had a ‘split personality’ or maybe a ‘multiple split personality’, but schizophrenia causes a range of different psychological symptoms.
Doctors often describe schizophrenia as a type of psychosis. This means the person may not always be able to distinguish their own thoughts and ideas from reality.
‘Schizophrenia changes how a person thinks and behaves’
You may be diagnosed with schizophrenia if you experience some of the following symptoms:
- a lack of interest in things
- feeling disconnected from your feelings
- difficulty concentrating
- wanting to avoid people
- hearing voices
- feeling like you need to be protected.
- hallucinations – hearing or seeing things that don’t exist
- delusions – unusual beliefs not based on reality
- muddled thoughts based on hallucinations or delusions
- changes in behaviour
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Schizophrenia and stigma
There is more media misinformation about schizophrenia than about any other type of mental health problem!
A diagnosis of schizophrenia does not mean ‘split personality’, or indicate that someone will swing wildly from being calm to being out of control.
Sensational stories in the press tend to present people with schizophrenia as dangerous, even though most people diagnosed with schizophrenia don’t commit violent crimes.
Poem I wrote…
Something is trying to kill me,
It doesn’t want me alive.
It fills me with confusion,
Burying a deep sadness down inside.
I wish I could describe this feeling without sounding insane.
About the battle going on within me,
Of the demon picking away at my brain.
If my life had any meaning he’s drained me of it somehow,
No space for any logic or reason, it’s too late for me now.
As while he has control of messing with my mind,
Though supportive suggestions are given to me
No peace will I find.