Schizophrenia Awareness Week – May 2015
Schizophrenia is a condition characterised by disturbances in a person’s thoughts, perceptions, emotions and behaviour. It affects approximately one in every 100 people worldwide and commonly begins in adolescence or early adulthood. Schizophrenia is probably not a single disease, rather a cluster of diseases, which have overlapping signs and symptoms. It is therefore important to acknowledge the unique experience of each person living with schizophrenia.
While schizophrenia can be a devastating illness for the people who experience it as well as for their families, it is important to recognise that there is hope. Treatments, both medical and psychosocial, are becoming more effective. Recently introduced early intervention programs are demonstrating encouraging outcomes for people with early psychosis and the concerns of consumers and their carers, such as those relating to empowerment and quality of life, are being increasingly recognised.
Schizophrenia is a complex disorder with few generalisations holding true for all people diagnosed. In practice, there appears to be as many forms of schizophrenia as there are individuals experiencing the illness.
Visit Axiom’s facebook page to see an article about what it is like living with schizophrenia.