When we think of schizophrenia, the first people that come to mind are not necessarily Nobel Prize winners such as John Nash, star athletes such as Lionel Aldridge, who played for the Green Bay Packers, or the person next door. Yet more than 2 million Americans, or 1 in 100, experience this disorder each year. With treatment and support, many live active lives among us: they have families, play sports, own a home and work.
Schizophrenia is a thought disorder characterized by a false perception of reality. It is not a “split personality.” Typically people with schizophrenia experience auditory and/or visual hallucinations and delusions which are often paranoid in nature. Their thinking can be illogical and emotions can sometimes be flat or inappropriate. Few people, however, are totally out of touch with reality. Their symptoms are generally sporadic and effective treatment options are available.
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Information courtesy of “Breaking the Silence” published by NAMI Queens/Nassau and stopstigma.samhsa.gov.