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Almost everyone has heard the word schizophrenia. However, few people understand the disorder, the real symptoms, or what life is actually like with this disorder. Whether the misinformation stems from movies, television shows, or just the passing down of stereotypes, it is important to try to break those myths and spread the truth about schizophrenia. While there is still a lot to be learned about this disorder, research and treatment have made some giant leaps forward. We now are beginning to understand treatment methods, approaches, and what may be happening within the brain. Here are a few common myths about schizophrenia that need to be debunked.

Myth One: Schizophrenia Means You Have Multiple Personalities 

This is not true. A person with schizophrenia does not have two or more personalities. Rather, typical symptoms include hallucinations and delusions. A person with this disorder may act on false beliefs, hear voices, and possibly lose touch with reality. Everyone is unique and may present their symptoms differently. Many individuals get diagnosed as young adults, although some people may start having symptoms later on in life. 

Myth Two: People With Schizophrenia Are Dangerous or Violent 

People with schizophrenia can act unpredictably at times. Most, however, are not violent, especially if they are receiving treatment. Individuals with this diagnosis are actually more likely to harm themselves than others, as suicide rates are high for people suffering from schizophrenia. Treating someone as dangerous just because they have this diagnosis is silly and only enforces stigma. 

Myth Three: People With Schizophrenia Cannot Hold a Job

Struggling with your mental health can be challenging. Not only do you have your own thoughts and feelings to battle, but you also face stigma from others. While those with schizophrenia face unique challenges to overcome and work through, they are often fully capable of holding a job just like any other person.

Individuals with schizophrenia face unique challenges. However, this disorder is treatable and those suffering are fully capable of leading healthy and happy lives. Research has come a long way in recent years and we understand now more than ever the different treatment options that have been helpful and successful in managing schizophrenia. You are capable of working through your symptoms with the right help and treatment plan. Here at The Guest House, we are ready to help you work through your struggles and better understand what you are feeling and going through. Call us today to learn more about our different treatment options at (855) 483-7800.