ANSWERS TO SCHIZOPHRENIA QUIZ
- T The impulses coming into the brain are so overwhelming for people with schizophrenia that they tend to try and escape them. It has been said that when you have schizophenia the filter mechanism which allows most people to hold a conversation while tuning out background noise and other conversations is somehow disabled.
- T the term schizophrenia means split mind and is indicative of the disruption of thoughts and feelings that this disorder brings about.
- T Difficulty in thinking and concentrating is a symptom of schizophrenia. You hear people say "I just cannot get my thoughts straight". Some people are unable to make even the smallest decisions.
- F Poor social conditions do not cause schizophrenia. It is a disorder that can affect anyone.
- T Voices are not always of a derogatory kind. They can be pleasant and say nice things.
- T Schizophrenia is a syndrome (a group of symptoms) not a disease. This means that the symptoms may turn out to have several causes. In some cases it runs in families.
- T Although this is not true for the majority of people suffering from this disorder, maybe 25% continue to live a normal life with the aid of medications and a stable environment
- T Like diabetes or heart conditions, people with schizophrenia need to take medication to stay well. (Contributed by thediabetescouncil.com team)
- F People with schizophrenia are no more likely to be violent than members of the general population. However, a small percentage (given as 4% by researcher John Cleghorn in 1992) act out violently as a response to their voices, either committing suicide or attacking someone, most usually a member of their family. People with schizophrenia who abuse alcohol or drugs may also be more prone to violent activity.
- F Medications are imperfect at present. They may reduce some of the symptoms for some people. There is no one medication which is the medication of choice for doctors to prescribe. Some medications are better at reducing some types of symptoms than others.
The typical medications that have been used in the 80s and 90s reduce the voices and hallucinations without improving the thought disorder. The medications of the new century hold out more promise for being able to target more of the symptoms.
- F men and women are almost equally affected by this disorder.
- T Not only are people out of touch with reality, they form their own reality, often believing that they are living a completely different life to the one they are living. They may believe they are rich and famous, or they believe they have exceptional powers, etc.
- T Rich, poor, of any race, schizophrenia may strike anyone. It has a life prevalence of 1 in 100 and usually strikes people in their teens and twenties.
- F While some epidemiological studies have suggested that outcomes for schizophrenia may be better in developing countries, the incidence is the same. Our contact with members in developing countries indicates that this disorder can be just as disruptive whoever it affects.