WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY
October 10, 2014
THEME: “Living with Schizophrenia”
“it wasn’t that long ago that many people considered schizophrenia a chronic, progressive illness that meant people’s dreams had to permanently be put on hold. Today, schizophrenia is no longer an automatic life sentence. a growing cadre of consumers, researchers and healthcare providers now say recovery is not only possible, it is a natural right of those diagnosed with the illness.”
- Barrett R., “Turning the Corner: Hope is about recovery and resilience.” Schizophrenia Digest, 2003 Spring: 38-39
WHAT IS SCHIZOPHRENIA?
Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness that affects how a person thinks, feels, and acts. Many people find it difficult to tell the difference between real and imagined experiences, to think logically, to express feelings, or to behave appropriately.
Schizophrenia often develops in adolescence or early adulthood and affects approximately 26 million people worldwide.1 People with schizophrenia experience a range of symptoms that may make it difficult for them to judge reality. While there is no cure for schizophrenia at the moment, treatments are available which are effective for most people.
Schizophrenia is a treatable disorder. For the millions of people worldwide living with this disorder, there are treatments that can help to reduce symptoms and improve the ability to function at home, at work, and at school.
“The myth was that most people with schizophrenia were ‘deteriorating with schizophrenia’, in contrast to the current fact that many people with schizophrenia can recover— and are ‘living beyond schizophrenia’.” – William A. Anthony PhD