Hello, guys! Today, I’ll be talking more about schizophrenia. Since it’s mental health awareness week, I thought that I’d post about my illness and how it affects people in general. So, here we go.
Schizophrenia is a psychotic disorder. That means people experience psychosis, which means that you lose touch with reality. This psychosis is chronic. You experience delusions (believing things that aren’t true), hallucinations, and other things according to that nature. Sometimes the hallucinations are visual and auditory, but they can be also experienced through taste and smell, and touch as well.
There are different types of schizophrenia such as the kind I have, which is schizoaffective disorder. I have some characteristics of bipolar disorder (which I will post about later this week) and schizophrenia. There are also others, but I suggest you look them up.
Personally, I experience a huge delusion: my life is a TV reality show. I know it’s a delusion because no one else believes it. I also have hallucinations. I used to see people, but now it’s just a feeling of someone touching me and voices. They can say mean things so I just try my best to ignore them.
Schizophrenia has genetic components, ranging from heritability to just being a relative of someone who is schizophrenic. There was a study done with those who had a relative with schizophrenia. They took this test specifically designed to see if any traits of schizophrenia shined through the participants. Those who had schizophrenia in their family did have one trait similar to those with schizophrenia.
It has also been said that if the mother has been under a lot of stress during pregnancy, there is a higher chance of the offspring getting schizophrenia. I’m not sure how true this is, but this is just another theory.
Schizophrenia can be treated with antipsychotics, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and education. It cannot be cured, only treated. Some examples of antipsychotics are Latuda, Risperidone, and Abilify.
Well, that wraps up with what I have to say. I had fun doing this stuff. I need to do it again. How about I do a series this week based on this kind of thing?