Schizophrenia is a very misunderstood condition. Whether it is through media portrayals, stereotypes or personal anecdotes, individuals with Schizophrenia have tended to be portrayed as violent and embodying the spirit of chaos.

But this isn’t the case, and instead has resulted in many unfortunate myths developing about the condition. In this article, we bust some of the myths regarding Schizophrenia.

Schizophrenia unfortunately is associated with many myths

1. Everyone who has Schizophrenia is violent and hazardous

As mentioned in the introduction, it is not true that everyone with Schizophrenia is violent. Media portrayals of people with Schizophrenia tend to be negative, and often linked to the enemy of a show.

While there is no getting away from the cases where people with Schizophrenia have been violent, this is a clear minority. Impulsive actions can be a symptom of Schizophrenia, but again, this is a minority.

Most people with Schizophrenia have their symptoms controlled much more when under treatment. And actually, when an act of violence does take place from someone with Schizophrenia, they often have another disorder which can account for the aggression.

2. Everyone with Schizophrenia should be in a secure mental hospital

Schizophrenia is a severe mental illness, there is no doubting that. But because of the great strides made in recent decades in treating mental illnesses, fewer people than ever before are confined to a secure mental hospital.

Many people with Schizophrenia find it best for their treatment and mental health if they are in a secure hospital. In any case, this is normally temporary, though sometimes long-term stays are required.

But many others live in the community, with their treatment helping them to do so. Therefore, the idea that everyone with the condition should be in hospital is false and inaccurate.

3. Schizophrenia causes you to have multiple personalities

The idea that schizophrenia causes a person to have multiple personalities is one of the most misunderstood parts of the illness.

Many people believe someone with Schizophrenia acts like they are two different people, and can change from being perfectly “normal” one minute, before suddenly changing into someone totally different.

In actual fact, the individual will commonly exhibit delusions or hallucinations – common signs of psychosis. Just because they have lost touch with reality, it doesn’t mean they are different people.

4. Schizophrenia is passed from a parent to a child

Genetics can play a role in mental health conditions, however, just because a parent has Schizophrenia, it doesn’t mean their offspring will automatically get the condition.

While it does increase the risk of developing Schizophrenia slightly, it isn’t a marked increase. Therefore, it is too simplistic to just assume schizophrenia is automatically passed down.

5. People with Schizophrenia aren’t clever

Again, another misconception about schizophrenia is the idea that anyone with the condition isn’t clever, or is of sub-par intelligence.

However, many famous people, many of which are in the creative industries, have been diagnosed with Schizophrenia. Some people find Schizophrenia harnesses their creativity.

While there do appear to be some links between poor learning development and Schizophrenia, there is no set link between a lower IQ and the development of Schizophrenia.

6. Schizophrenia completely disrupts your life

Again, we cannot underestimate the impact Schizophrenia has on an individual’s life. But it would be wrong to suggest that the life of a sufferer will be completely disrupted.

Finding a job is difficult, but possible. And staying in contact with and seeing friends and family is also possible. You can see more about living with schizophrenia here.

7. Recovery from Schizophrenia is Impossible

Schizophrenia is a difficult condition to live with. It not only puts a strain on the individual, but also those around them.

It is a difficult illness to treat, but treatment does exist, and a recovery is possible. With the right support, treatment and lifestyle, many people with Schizophrenia will gain full remission.

Summary

Schizophrenia is a difficult illness for individuals to cope with. As a result, a negative stigma around the illness does little to help an individual recover.

But hopefully the stigma can lessen around Schizophrenia in the future, aiding those with the condition.

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