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The Mental Illness Of Schizophrenia

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Throughout this paper I hope to interest you in the mental illness schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a not commonly talked about multiple personality disorder. It has many dark misconceptions surrounding it, and the people diagnosed with this illness. You will hear a lot of people say that people with schizophrenia need to be in mental wards. People with schizophrenia commit violent crimes. If you have this disease, you do not belong in our society because it has no room for anyone who is not what we consider normal. This paper is meant to educate the reader on my opposing views of this mental illness, and let the reader know that this also encompasses my views on all mental illnesses. Everyone has a right to treatment. Those being treated, whether or not the treatment lasts a lifetime, have a right to as normal of a life as possible.

Understanding Schizophrenia
Schizophrenic people are strange and should be locked away from the rest of society. This is one of many uneducated beliefs that people carry about this well-known mental disorder; however, most of the population would not be able to tell you what this disorder is. Schizophrenia is an illness that affects how your brain works and thinks in a negative way. This is an illness that can be affected by the way society and the people you come into contact with view schizophrenia, this view can make it harder or easier for you to live with the illness. All throughout my education, my experiences have changed me in a positive way. For someone afflicted with schizophrenia, they could never experience a normal life. My hope is to debunk some common misconceptions about this disease. Schizophrenia is something that, with proper medical treatment, will not preven...

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...refore, it is not the parents’ fault. The belief that schizophrenia is a form of being mentally disabled also handicaps treatment, this is another misconception. “It is not a form of mental retardation, dementia, delirium, or intoxication” (Nemade). This quotation also helps infer that the disease does not come from drinking too much, or any other self-intoxication method. Schizophrenic people belong in jail. Schizophrenia is contagious. People with schizophrenia are more likely to be violent towards others than healthy people. These are all ideas people hold about the disease and none of them define it. Schizophrenia is an illness that damages the way your brain functions and your cognitive abilities. It affects each person in a different way, both on a daily basis and over a lifetime. It also deserves the patience used to treat any other disease.
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