Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a severe and debilitating brain and behavior disorder affecting how one thinks, feels and acts. People with schizophrenia can have trouble distinguishing reality from fantasy, expressing and managing normal emotions and making decisions. Thought processes may also be disorganized and the motivation to engage in life’s activities may be blunted. Those with the condition may hear imaginary voices and believe others are reading their minds, controlling their thoughts or plotting to harm them.

Symptoms

  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Disorganized speech
  • Disorganized to catatonic behavior
  • Negative symptoms (emotional flatness, apathy, lack of speech)

Treatments

Antipsychotic medication reduces psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations, delusions, paranoia, and disordered thinking. Medication is much less helpful for treating symptoms of social withdrawal, lack of motivation, and lack of emotional expressiveness.

Self-care

  • Be an advocate for your own health care
  • Quit smoking
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Be active
  • Get enough sleep

Meet peer educator Shariff, talks about his 2nd hand experience on Schizophrenia

Born in East Toronto, I’m 28 years old. I have an older brother that was diagnosed with Schizophrenia in his late teens. I had gotten involved with The Talk to further educate myself around my brother’s mental health disorder. Growing up with my brother was very difficult. He was constantly getting into trouble with law enforcement, and we didn’t understand why he was constantly in trouble until we got confirmation of his disorder. Since then, it has affected the family especially myself as I have always looked up to my older brother. Since being involved with The Talk, I have become more aware of my surroundings and the people around me, I am more sensitive to mental health disorders.