First off, “thank you” to the person whose response on finding Neurolations was: “It’s very green, isn’t it?” That put a grin on my face.
A bit of an early post this month. 9th May is Schizophrenia Awareness Day.
To have a “schizo” (split) “phrenia” (the mind). N.B: A split personality it is NOT!
Historically, the mind also includes the heart – as the home of the emotions. And as we all know, it is the emotions (and sometimes the lack of them) that drive thought. No, I’m not saying schizophrenics don’t have a heart! I’m saying, their ways of thinking are disjointed because of how their emotional systems function.
Let’s Shred Some Myths
- It is a collection of various symptoms; not a single condition.
- Symptoms described as “postive” & “negative” are neither good nor bad; it’s “positive” & “negative” in the sense of plus and minus. A psychological delusion is an example of an additional symptom because it is not an every day experience. A negative example might be that the syndrome has taken away a passion a person once had for say, architecture.
- Schizophrenic symptoms are normal human experiences. It’s just that sufferers experience of them are extreme and intense. For example, and this is just a general example of being human, every one of us has an average body temperature (37 ºc). But we also experience a hot sweat after exercising. And we shiver to raise our temperature back to normal after a cold swim.
- People living with schizophrenia do not need to be institutionalised. With the right balance of the right medication and counselling, they can live reasonably normal lives.
Click here to learn more of what it can be really like living with schizophrenia. Courtesy of the charity, Mind, it’s a group having a chat over a cuppa. (6½ min’s approx.)
Why 9th May?
On 9 May 1970, “The Times” published an article by retired university professor, John Pringle. His son had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. The article asked for action to be taken to improve support for those living with schizophrenia themselves, and the advice available to those caring for them.
More than 400 readers answered the call, and in 1972, the National Schizophrenia Fellowship was born. Today though the Fellowship has evolved into four charities across the UK. In alphabetical order, they are:-
Please take a look.
That’s it for another month. Take care.