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heather


I’ve always been interested in mental health and schizophrenia in particular even going as far as to write a paper on it during those school days. My interest rests on the edge of fear and fascination. Fear of being batty like my mom and fascination in what people say and do when living with mental illness. It’s not something I make fun of but I must say I find this to be somewhat funny, in a fearful way.

 

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  • Hi

    I came across your journal while surfing through the genX community, I’m a ,ember and I am also a Behavioral health Tech whose worked with the mentally ill for 12 years. I’d be happy to answer any questions you have about schizophrenia, alot of my clients have the disorder.

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    • Re: Hi

      Hello,

      Thank you for the offer. I’ve always been fascinated by schizophrenia, however I know it’s a terrible thing for those families who have to deal with the disorder.
      It was particularly interesting to me reading about how some people experienced a heightened level or significant increase in thier senses as initial symptoms. I remember reading about one individual who said he could make out little details on insects and other objects.

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    • Re: Hi

      Hello,

      Thank you for the offer. I’ve always been fascinated by schizophrenia, however I know it’s a terrible thing for those families who have to deal with the disorder.
      It was particularly interesting to me reading about how some people experienced a heightened level or significant increase in their senses as initial symptoms. I remember reading about one individual who said he could make out little details on insects and other objects.

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      • Re: Hi

        they can actually diagnose schizophrenia with an MRI now and there is significant differences in the structure of a brain with schizophrenia. There also is alot of good pharmacueticals for treating the disorder. People with this disease if continuing consistent treatment and with the right supports live fairly normal lives and if it is managed correctly are pretty aware of thier symptoms, which can range from delusional thinking to hallucinations and have good coping skills . How successful a treatment is depends on the individual also and secondary issues like substance abuse, and other mental issues such as personality disorders which often accompany the initial diagnosis, and again their support systems whether its family or staff like me.More medical information is evolving about mental illness which I think eliminates alot of the social stigma and these clients do have amazing strengths and actually I learn from them.

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