Schizophrenia, what is it?

Schizophrenia, what is it?

Simra Shahid

Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that causes hallucinations, delusions, and disorganized speech. The cause for it is unknown, but it is believed to be caused by any kind of abuse at a young age. Even though some people believe that others are just born with it, it is thought to be developed overtime

Around one in every hundred people develop schizophrenia, though it is still one of the most common mental illnesses. It affects almost two million Americans to this day. Ten percent of schizophrenics either commit suicide or develop an addiction to drugs or alcohol. This particular disorder usually affects men more than women.

The minds of schizophrenics do not rely purely on memories or trust. Some things feel repeated, or sometimes unreal. A popular belief involving schizophrenia is that it can cause people to potentially commit mass homicide, but that is hardly ever true. Schizophrenia can either cause hallucinations, or can occasionally cause people to start hearing voices. This can soon drive people to insanity and most patients at mental hospitals suffer from this mental disorder, and it gives them an unusual way of thinking. 

People with schizophrenia aren’t normally dangerous, and mostly suffer from lack of emotion and struggling with memories. They are often portrayed as crazy maniacs. When watching movies, TV shows, or documentaries, most of the crazy delusional characters have this condition. People often assume schizophrenics have multiple personalities which is an entirely different disorder. Another common belief is that people with this condition aren’t smart, or lack any kind of education. This is completely false, even though studies have shown that they sometimes have a harder time with learning or mental skills, they are actually incredibly efficient and show high levels of intelligence.

As previously stated there is no clear cause to schizophrenia but it is commonly developed at a young age. Emotional and physical abuse can cause these conditions, and their minds focus on forgetting previous trauma; sometimes even losing control of other memories. It primarily stems from disruptions in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. This is a part of the brain also known as DLPFC.

Overall, the misinterpretations of schizophrenia often have nothing to do with the actual disorder. People with the disorder are often accused of being crazy lunatics, even though they are just as normal as anyone else.