Hi Survivors!

Welcome back to a brand new article. I was inspired to write this article after educating myself on a mental health condition known as schizophrenia. You may be familiar with this term, but there are quite a few assumptions that people make about this disorder without fully realizing the truth about what it is actually like to live with it. Below are some of the most common misconceptions that people have about this topic.

First misconception: People with schizophrenia experience a ton of scary hallucinations on a regular basis.

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Schizophrenia has often been depicted in the media as this horrific bombardment of voices and visuals. While this may be true for a person who is in the throes of psychosis and is not on medications, a day in the life of an average person with schizophrenia seldom involves extremely heightened hallucinations. An example of a more realistic hallucination is hearing commentary on a person’s surroundings or actions.

Second misconception: Those with schizophrenia are compelled to do bad things because of their condition.

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Although people with schizophrenia may hear voices, the voices do not necessarily command them to do bad things. Sometimes, there are auditory hallucinations that tell a person to do a certain bad deed that they know is wrong. Most people who are affected by schizophrenia are able to ignore the voices or acknowledge their presence and choose not to act on them.

Third misconception: Hallucinations that people with schizophrenia experience and the manner in which they respond to stimuli are always unrealistic and irrational.

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In severe cases, it is possible for hallucinations to get really strange. It is important to note that this is only in unique cases, and visualizing things like scary monsters does not represent a big portion of those who have schizophrenia. As a matter of fact, many hallucinations incorporate real people or objects in the person’s vicinity. Someone with schizophrenia who is listening to the radio may hear voices talking directly to them. If someone with schizophrenia heard the doorbell ring and they were not expecting any visitors, they might have the urge to stay away from the door or hide. This is not a crazy response, because the unknown person at the door could very well pose a threat. It’s not all about make-believe creatures, it’s often extremely real.

Fourth misconception: Schizophrenia is just hallucinations and delusions.

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The symptoms of schizophrenia extend well beyond hallucinations. There are so many other things that add up to the full meaning of having the condition, and depending on the type of schizophrenia a person has, they can experience a range of symptoms that overlap with the symptoms of depression or mania.

Fifth misconception: Individuals with this condition are unable to lead normal lives.

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Of course, what is considered “normal” is subjective. It is unlikely that your normal is similar to my normal. But in the context of being able to do ordinary, everyday things and function relatively well, people who have schizophrenia are usually still able to navigate their lives. Sure, there may be the occasional sense of paranoia when one is out in public and there’s a stranger walking nearby. However, when looking at the big picture, people who keep their schizophrenia in check are able to do daily activities just fine.

I hope this helped you learn something new about schizophrenia. Remember to stay educated before making assumptions! Thanks for reading.



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