What is Schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is a mysterious mental illness of delusions, hallucination disorder thought and feeling and a broken will. Some times the grip of schizophrenia calls “the cancer of mind”. Schizophrenia is a mysterious condition was first described in 1806, but no one is certain whether the illness – or more likely a group of illness – existed long before then but had escaped definition. Schizophrenia has a tendency to run in families, but hereditary alone apparently cannot explain why a specific individuals develops the full-blown illness. The term schizophrenia in 1908, describes a  specific type of alteration of thinking, feeling, and relation to the external world. The term refers to a splitting of psychic function, a peculiar destruction of the inner cohesiveness of the psychic personality. The person experiencing early symptoms, there is a dislocation of every faculty of time, space, and body, hearing voices, bizarre delusions extreme apathy or agitation, coldness towards others – taken singly unique to the illness, symptoms vary so much between individuals & over time for the same individual that the notion of a “typical case” is virtually non-existent, even the degree of disability far more severe, on average varies wildly. The defining characteristic of the illness is the profound feeling of incomprehensibility and inaccessibility that suffers provoke n other people. Psychiatrists describe person’s sense of being separated by a gulf which defies description from individual who seems totally strange, puzzling, inconceivable and incapable of empathy, even to the point of being sinister and frightening the onset of the illness dramatically intensified a pre-existing feelings that essentially disconnect from them and deeply unknowable.

4 thoughts on “What is Schizophrenia?”

  1. My clinical specialty is recovery from schizophrenia. Medication is not the answer although it may be pafrt of the answer. Really recovery depends upon stabilisation with meds and then gradual reduction and discontinuation of meds alongside proper therapy to enhance coping.

    Unfortunately the feasability of this varies from culture to culture. Here in UK we are fairly successful providing that the resources are available. In heavily medically orientated countries like the US for exapmle success is more difficult to achieve because therapeutic optimism isn’t really the norm.

    Cheers,

    Stuart

  2. Not all unmedicated schizophrenics are scary even if they seem to be scary believe me being one of them that they are more scared of you then you should be of them, more bark then bite. It only takes one horror story and the whole deck of cards falls.

    1. I think you mean that even though they may be scary from the outside looking in, they’re also scary from the inside looking out. I haven’t met one yet whose life wasn’t improved by the RIGHT medication- and I know quite a few. Unfortunately, people like Sam the Psycho, a teenager I met recently, are scary, and give every schizophrenic out there a bad rap. Once he’s medicated- provided of course that he doesn’t stab his mother in the middle of the night because either God or the demons told him to- then he’ll be just a typical teenage boy worried about zits and girls and cars. If he does stab her- and I think there’s a 50/50 chance that he will- then he’ll go down in history as simply another out-of-control schizophrenic and mentally ill person, and we’ll get more bad press.

  3. It’s important to note that there is a major difference between medicated and unmedicated schizophrenics. As the number of medications that successfully treat schizophrenia expand, it will become, hopefully, a less scary illness. I agree that unmedicated schizophrenics can be and are very scary individuals. The current entry on my blog, crazymer1.wordpress.com, concerns a teenage schizophrenic that I met recently. That guy was scary, but he was also unmedicated. People need to know that schizophrenia can be successfully treated. There is hope.

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