The word schizophrenia in a political debate?

August 29, 2013. I opened the newspaper and imagine my surprise to see the following heading screaming at me. Schizophrenia in two state solution. I thought that the place to find an article on schizophrenia was in the Health Section of the newspaper.

To everyone out there, I am going to tell you what schizophrenia is and what it is not, once and for all.

Myth   It’s a split personality.
Fact    It’ not a split personality. These people are split from reality.

Myth   Schizophrenia is a rare condition.

Fact    It is not rare. The lifetime risk of developing schizophrenia is widely accepted to occur in around 1 in 4 families.

Myth   People with schizophrenia are dangerous.

Fact    Although the delusional thoughts and hallucinations of people with schizophrenia can lead to violent behavior, most people with the illness are neither violent nor a danger to others.

Myth   People with schizophrenia can’t be helped.

Fact    While long term treatment might be required, the outlook for schizophrenia is not hopeless. When properly treated, many people with this illness are able to enjoy life and function within their families and communities.

And how do I know all this? I did not get it from textbooks, nor from lectures or psychiatrists. I know all this because our beloved son suffered for many years from schizophrenia and I promised him that I would try to lessen the stigma associated with this illness. I vowed to help whoever needs my help because I don’t want a single mother out there to feel as lonely and uninformed as I did when our son was so ill.


4 thoughts on “The word schizophrenia in a political debate?

  1. Pingback: Why Some People Actually Enjoy Having Schizophrenia | Free psychology

  2. Angela Mathers

    Finally someone who has their facts straight and knows how to write! I love how you said, “It’ not a split personality. These people are split from reality.” This is SO true and more people need to learn this fact. Can’t wait to check out all of your other articles!

  3. Jenn zeffman joint coordinator Harrow Rethink Mental Illness

    Rethink Support Group end of month meeting turned out to be a little disappointing,As it was my turn to find a speaker i thought it would be a good idea to learn more about hearing voices, so many of our service users have this problem, but here i am , one o,clock in the morning wondering if i am any the wiser. I wanted to know if any of your readers, can tell me how to help my family member, and others i work with, on what in their experience has helped to make life easier for fellow voice hearers.


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