Schizophrenia is a chronic mental illness that causes cognitive impairment, delusions, and psychosis, creating an altered perception of reality for those who suffer from it. Read on for a few key points to know and better understand the brain disease.
- Schizophrenia is considered to be in remission when there is an absence of symptoms for six months.
- The more episodes a person suffers, the more susceptible he or she is to schizophrenia.
- Not following a medication routine carefully can cause loss of functionality.
- Schizophrenia can be hard to diagnose as it shows symptoms of many other mental illnesses at different times.
- The mental illness responds well to treatment – the earlier the better.
- Schizophrenia is clearly affected by a person’s belief system.
- Medications determine the level of functionality and possibility of living a full life.
- Remember as you are in recovery that it is about your functionality. You are not defined by your diagnosis.
- Keeping stress levels low is very important for optimal mental health.
To learn more about these in greater depth, click here for the full article by Amanda Page for Health Central.