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.