I decided to make another component to my blog for MHAW 2015.  I’m bored out of my mind, and I wanted to bust a lot of myths so that there’s no stigma related to schizophrenia in the presence of my blog.  So, let’s begin, shall we?

Myth 1: Schizophrenia = Multiple Personality Disorder/ Dissociative Identity Disorder.

Nope. Schizophrenia means “Split Mind.”  Yes, I know, now you think that it does equal MPD/DID for this reason. It does not.  Its literal meaning actually refers to the psychosis part of the illness. It’s a split from reality, and has nothing to do with MPD/DID.

Myth 2: Most people with schizophrenia are violent.

Once again, that is incorrect.  Those with schizophrenia are as violent as, say, someone with depression or bipolar disorder.  Not many of them are violent, and when they are, it’s usually because they’re afraid someone may hurt them (paranoid delusions, anyone?) so they may strike at them.  But, like I said, not many people with schizophrenia aren’t violent.

Myth 3: Schizophrenia is caused by bad parenting.

Oh, my gosh.  My mom was the best parent ever, and I still ended up with schizophrenia.  Anyways, it’s been proven that schizophrenia has a lot to do with genetics.  If I’m not mistaken, identical twins have a 60%-80% chance of having it if one of those twins has already got the illness.  So, it’s genetic, people. Genetic.

Myth  4: People with schizophrenia are stupid.

Did you have to phrase it like this?  No, not all people with schizophrenia have a lower IQ.  I have an IQ of 130, and I still have it.  Actually, mental illnesses have been linked with more intelligence.  That’s not at all saying that all people with schizophrenia have a higher IQ either.  I mean… It depends on nature and nurture.

Myth 5: You can’t hold a job if you’re schizophrenic.

Hello. Hi. Yes. I have a job.  In case you couldn’t tell, I have schizophrenia.  You just need to know that if you can manage and handle your symptoms with meds, therapy, and the like, you can do anything.  Just a friendly reminder.

These were pulled from WebMD, and if you want to read their responses, just click here.  Tomorrow, I think I’m going to talk about Bipolar Disorder or just Major Depressive Disorder.  Toodles.

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