Dealing with Schizophrenia in the U.S.

This page discusses dealing with Schizophrenia.

Mental illness can be a terrifying experience to deal with, regardless of whether it is a disease you yourself suffer from, or something that someone close to you experiences.

This illness, in particular, can be extremely scary.

This is because one of the main symptoms of the disease is an inability to distinguish between what is and isn’t real.

In fact, the disease has four prime symptoms, all of which can have an extreme impact upon the ability of an individual to lead a normal life.

They are:

  • Unable to discern between reality and delusion
  • Inability to think clearly
  • Does not present normal emotional responses
  • Acts bizarrely in social situations

With these symptoms, living a normal life can be downright difficult, if not near impossible.

Thankfully, many services and support systems exist for those who suffer from this terrible disease.

For instance, you may want to look into getting some education on how to reduce stress.

It is well known medical fact that stress is an trigger to the symptoms of this illness and often times can be the impulse behind what is commonly known as a psychotic break.

Learning about how stress affects your body and how to control your own moods can help you anticipate problems in advance, and avoid them if possible.

However, not every schizophrenic is lucky enough to be caught by our social safety nets.

Some, particularly those who are most at risk, such as the young, the elderly, or war veterans, do not receive services. This makes them privy to a whole host of other problems. The National Alliance to End Homelessness deals with this very fact in the section of their mission that pertains to homelessness of the mentally ill.

It is estimated that schizophrenia affects up to 1% of the total population in the US. With such serious symptoms and side effects even of successful treatment, it is easy to see that aid and policy to assist the mentally ill should definitely be a policy goal we should take seriously. A whole host of services are required to provide total patient care, from monitoring and detection, to ongoing treatment, and then therapy and continued monitoring once treatment has accomplished its goals and the patient is stabilized.




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