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De-bunking the myths around schizophrenia.

THE TERM * schizophrenia comes from two Greek words meaning split mind but is not a 'split personality' disorder as many people still believe.

PEOPLE * with schizophrenia have problems interpreting reality but do not have multiple personalities.

DOCTORS * now believe there are many sub-types of schizophrenia which affect one in every 100 people.

THERE * is no cure for schizophrenia but one in four sufferers will go on to make a full recovery and others will experience long periods of remission with no symptoms at all.

PEOPLE * with schizophrenia are no more likely to be violent and aggressive than anyone else. You are far more likely to be attacked by someone under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

WHEN * experiencing delusions and hallucinations, a person with schizophrenia may mistakenly believe that others are out to harm them and try to defend themselves. They need to be treated with calm and understanding.

TAKING * drugs does not cause schizophrenia but it can worsen the symptoms.

MOST * schizophrenia sufferers hear voices urging them to kill themselves rather than to kill anyone else, but many make the choice to stay alive every day despite those voices.

THE * odds of being killed by someone with a mental health problem is one in 10 million - the same as being hit by lightning.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Aug 18, 2009
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