Thursday, January 07, 2010

Misconceptions

Happy New Year!

The staff from our office are on holiday at present, but I received an email this morning relating to a blog post that talks about myths relating to schizophrenia, and I thought it was worth a mention for those who might find it useful.

The article looks at 10 myths relating to this particular form of mental illness, and lays out the facts in an orderly, easy-to-read fashion. It points out that schizophrenics are more dangerous to themselves than to others, statistically; that some improve considerably with the right medication; that schizophrenics do not exhibit multiple personalities, in spite of the word's etymology meaning 'I split'.

There are sub-types of schizophrenia, which means, for instance, that not all schizophrenics hear voices. The media (particularly movies and television) are responsible for many of such misconceptions about the disorder.

Check out the blog post - and enjoy the holidays (if you're still having them!)