Few mental disorders are as misunderstood as schizophrenia. When we turn on the television, we’re saturated with images of unpredictable “psychotic” villains. The word “schizo” is an insult that might be heard in a high school hallway. People with schizophrenia are often discriminated against, in part because most of the public doesn’t understand what schizophrenia really is.
Here are seven commonly held myths about schizophrenia and the facts that prove them wrong.
1. People with schizophrenia have multiple personalities.
Many individuals incorrectly believe that people with schizophrenia have multiple personalities. In fact, a 2008 survey by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) found that a startling 64 percent of the population couldn’t recognize the symptoms associated with schizophrenia and instead thought that the disorder caused people to experience “split” or multiple personalities.
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They said it couldn’t happen! As a result of our dedicated advocacy and your support, the federal government has – for the first time ever – allocated $15 million for assisted outpatient treatment (AOT).
SAMHSA posted a grant announcement earlier this week inviting state and local authorities to apply for up to four years of federal support of NEW AOT PROGRAMS.
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Reference: Report from Medscape
Starting With Change Around the Edges
As nurses, we hold an ethical imperative to care for all who are ill. We aspire to be forces for social good. And we are educated in holistic and humanistic theories of “caring.” Yet most of us work in health care systems that operate from the medical model. Health care delivery is divided by specialty care that is intent on disease intervention and focuses on reductionist reasoning for many of the tasks we undertake daily. From this dominant paradigm, health professionals have a shared view that approaches the treatment of a person by separating mental and physical illness. In practice, maintaining this paradoxical distinction in our work as caregivers can be straining and can impede our efforts to do what is right for our patients, families, and communities. To be sure, the Affordable Care Act expanded mental health parity for all Americans by making it one of the essential health benefits. But the implementation of this parity is far from complete. One need only follow the many stories presented by the media regarding mental health issues to form a picture of a bleak, complex, and broken system. There is some accuracy in the dark side of this picture, but there is also hope. Parts of the system are innovating and changing how we care for the whole person. Some of this innovation and change rests on a vision of a more comprehensive health care system that will also support mental health integration. Two steps toward fulfilling this vision are underway: Treating the patient at the point of care where she or he is most comfortable and using teams of health care providers that can address social, economic, and culture differences to truly deliver a patient-centered approach to treatment and prevention. This type of good news seldom receives the same level of media attention. Thus, it is essential for those of us who work in health professions to recognize the good work individuals and organizations are doing to improve the delivery of mental health services in communities across the country.
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Schizophrenia is an illness, a medical condition. It affects the normal functioning of the brain, interfering with a person’s ability to think, feel and act. Some do recover completely, and, with time, most find that their symptoms improve. However, for many, it is a prolonged illness, which can involve years of distressing symptoms and disability.
People affected by schizophrenia have one ‘personality,’ just like everyone else. It is a myth and totally untrue that those affected have a so-called ‘split personality’.
To get more information about Schizophrenia, please click here to visit The Psych Professionals Blog.
World Bipolar Day is celebrated annually on March 30, the birthday of Vincent Van Gogh, who is believed to have had bipolar disorder. World Bipolar Day is a day to remember that those who have bipolar disorder are capable of achieving great things and to remind them that they are not alone, for the general public to learn more about the disorder from people who live with it, and to learn the importance of fighting the stigma associated with bipolar disorder. –
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A compound developed to protect the nervous system from HIV surprised researchers by augmenting the effectiveness of an investigational antiretroviral drug beyond anything expected. The potency of the combination treatment, tested so far in mice, suggests that it would be possible to rid the body of HIV for months, reducing the frequency with which patients must take these medications from daily to several times a year.
Even when people with HIV infection take antiretroviral drugs, more than 50 percent have HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND), which can result in any of a variety of symptoms, including confusion and problems with memory. NIH-supported scientists led by Harris A. Gelbard, M.D., Ph.D., at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry developed the compound URMC-099 to protect against HIV-associated neurologic damage. This and similar compounds would always be administered with an antiretroviral medication; the objective of this research was to test URMC-099 as such an adjunct.
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