Schizophrenia

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Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that generally appears in late adolescence or early adulthood, (between ages 15-25 among men and about 25 to 35 in women) but then, it can rise at whatever point in life. It affects approximately 1% of the population, affecting almost equally men and women.
Schizophrenia comes from the Greek word schizo which means “split” and Phrene that means “mind”. However, contrary to popular belief, the word schizophrenia does not mean “split mind and/or multiple personalities”, but rather, “split off” from reality. With schizophrenia the individual has an altered capacity to interpret reality- frequently loss of contact with reality. This disorder affects how the person thinks, acts, feels, and sees the world. A person with schizophrenia may see or hear things that don’t exist, may not make sense when they talk, believe that others are reading their minds, controlling their thoughts, trying to harm them, or feel like they’re being constantly watched. They may sit or stand for quite a long time without moving or talking. In many cases, the illness develops so slowly that the affected person does not know he/she has it for quite a while. While, with other people it can strike suddenly and develop fast.
Most schizophrenics, if untreated, progressively withdraw from interactions with other people, and lose their capacity to deal their own personal needs and grooming."

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"My greatest fear is this brain of mine….The worst thing imaginable is to be terrified of one’s own mind, the very matter that controls all that we are and all that we do and feel."

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