I often get asked about certain common terms within mental health that are used widely but not understood widely. Over the next few posts I will explore their meanings in simple ways (not simplify the illness) in the hope that they can be more widely understood.
I have already written about depression so I will next discuss schizophrenia. This can often be a frightening term, but in reality it doesn’t have to be. Some of the things experienced by people professionally diagnosed with schizophrenia are:
- Hallucinations, seeing things others aren’t but not always aware only they are experiencing it.
- Delusions – sometimes linked to hallucinations and paranoia
- Hearing voices, they aren’t always bad voices.
- Difficulty thinking logically, or at least a different logic than normally understood.
- Agitated body movements.
- Difficulty expressing emotional experiences in conversation or feeling disconnected to emotions..
- Difficulty in attention/concentration
- Difficulty in making decisions.
- Some memory issues
- Lack of enjoyment in everyday life.
- Differing or odd beliefs, not shared by others
These are not all experienced by all those diagnosed, but are the general experiences. Hopefully this will help you understand what the term means and what those diagnosed are experiencing. I’ve attached a link to the MIND website where they offer excellent help and advice.
If you would like to discuss anything Wright Minds can offer counselling therapy to those in and around the Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme area