Today is National Schizophrenia Day. Schizophrenia is a very complex condition that can affect how a person thinks, feels, and experiences the world around them.
While schizophrenia is an official diagnosis, people can often experience very different symptoms. The most common symptoms can include:
- Audio hallucinations (hearing voices)
- Disorganised thinking
- Changes in body language or emotions
There is often a lot of stigma associated with Schizophrenia; Schizophrenia doesn't mean split personality - the term actually means schizo (to split) and phrene (the mind). Living with schizophrenia is not, and should not be, a barrier to employment, personal relationships, and having a good quality of life.
You can read more about Schizophrenia and find support links by visiting Rethink Mental Illness' Website.
Alternatively, you can watch this short video that they have put together.