This week aims at reducing the stigma often shown around schizophrenia and has been proven to be very effective having been held every May since 1986. The theme is ‘do what you can do’ asking people to join in, taking action to promote the week.
Schizophrenia is a medical condition affecting the normal functioning of the brain altering a person’s ability to think, feel and act. For many this medical condition is a prolonged illness which can involve years of distressing symptoms and disability.
If not treated symptoms may include confused thinking, delusions and hallucinations. These are symptoms of what is called psychosis.
Treatment should generally include a combination of medication and community support, both are usually essential for the best outcome. Medication can assist the brain to restore its usual chemical balance, reducing some of the symptoms.
You can help by participating in an online quiz. Go to www.dowhatyoucando.com.au and complete and share your results on social media. By doing so you will help tremendously, raising awareness of this mental illness. Understanding and acceptance by the community is essential.