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World Schizophrenia Awareness Day 2023

World Schizophrenia Awareness Day 2023: 24th May 2023

Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) commemorated Schizophrenia to raise awareness and to reduce stigma around mental illness

  • Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe mental disorder that affects the way a person thinks, acts, expresses emotions, perceives reality, and relates to others.
  • It mostly affects young adults in the productive age group.
  • One in every 100 people experiences schizophrenia and men are twice as likely to develop this condition as compared to women.
  • Schizophrenia symptoms can differ from person to person, but they generally fall into three main categories: psychotic, negative, and cognitive.
  • Psychotic symptoms include Hallucinations, Delusions, thought disorder, Movement disorder.
  • Negative symptoms include loss of motivation, loss of interest or enjoyment in daily activities, withdrawal from social life, difficulty showing emotions, and difficulty functioning normally.
  • Cognitive symptoms include problems in attention, concentration, and memory.
  • Schizophrenia sometimes runs in families. However just because one family member has schizophrenia, it does not mean that other members of the family also will have it.