Schizophrenia: the facts, not the myths

Schizophrenia myths and treatments

How is it commonly treated?

The treatment of schizophrenia is usually with antipsychotic medications and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), which is also sometimes known as talking therapy. Individuals often have help from the Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) to receive day-to-day support and help with medication. Many people manage their symptoms well at home, but some may require more help from mental health services for a time.

The 'split personality' myth: the stigma of schizophrenia

There is a lot of misinterpretation in the media about schizophrenia. A diagnosis of schizophrenia does not mean someone has a 'split personality', or indicates that a person will swing wildly from being calm to being out of control.

Sensational stories in the press tend to present individuals with schizophrenia as dangerous to others. However this is very rarely the case, and has sadly resulted in a distorted perception of what schizophrenia really is.

What are the common outcomes if you have schizophrenia?

Many people with schizophrenia recover, although they may have periods of relapse. If well-managed, it is possible to reduce the chances of severe relapses by using medication and recognizing the signs of relapses early, helping give the best outcomes possible.

For more information and support, the charity Mind provides some useful resources.

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