There are often stigmas surrounding schizophrenia – many people believe that individuals who have schizophrenia have split personalities or are very violent. However, these false perceptions of the condition separate people from one another. The more that we can educate ourselves on the condition, the more insightful we can be – helping reduce stigma and garner more support. Schizophrenia is a very real, chronic brain disorder that can include delusions, hallucinations, difficulty with thinking and concentration, and lack of motivation. However, while stigma perpetuates negative views of the disorder, proper treatment and support can make the symptoms much more manageable.
According to the American Psychiatric Association, approximately 1 percent of the population suffers from schizophrenia. While many people believe that schizophrenia is a very violent disorder, not all people are violent. BBC News noted in September of this year that schizophrenic symptoms take differently to each person; there is no “one-size-fits-all” when it comes to this disorder. A descriptive qualitative study titled “Exploring stigma experiencing using group therapy amongst people living with schizophrenia in a psychiatric day care center” published in Neuropsychiatry in 2017, conducted this year by researchers Yu-Hui Ku and Rei-Mei Hong explored the challenges that 6 individuals with schizophrenia faced regarding stigma. Several participants in group therapy noted that their family had not researched the disorder and did not know how to support them.
Stigma can further distance ourselves from those we love, and can make us unaware of the very real experiences our loved ones face. Believing in negative perceptions about others without knowing the true facts sets that person up for failure because they will never be able to overcome your expectations once that perception is set. By giving everyone a chance to show us who they are and learn from them, we are opening a more honest, loving discussion that is focused on the person – not the illness. Take the time to learn more about your loved one’s disorder. Explore ways that you can support them. For then you have truly loved someone unconditionally, and you may even learn something from them and grow a better person because of it.
Receiving the right assessment for schizophrenia and any co-occurring substance use disorder is critical for successful recovery in treatment. Having a variety of treatment options and certified treatment center is key to creating the best customized path for your care. New Vista Behavioral Health offers a family of treatment facilities providing individualized care plans and exceptional clinical treatment. Our programs are held to higher standards, allowing better outcomes and a brighter future. Call us today for information: 888-316-3665