Supporting The Supporters

Imagine this: someone close to you- a family member, friend, co-worker-has recently been diagnosed with schizophrenia. What do you do? How do you continue to love them and give them the support that they need? The most important thing that you can do is educate yourself about the disease. Schizophrenia is a brain disease. It…
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Understanding The Voices

What is the cause of schizophrenia? Schizophrenia is a commonly known mental illness that is caused by improperly controlled signaling in the brain. There are many chemical pathways in the brain that need to function correctly in order for it to properly develop during the first twenty-five years of life. If these pathways do not…
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Expectation V. Reality: The Blurred Truth Of Schizophrenia

On your walk home today, you witness two feathers floating to the ground. You can imagine the crispness of their hollow shaft and the softness of their feathers running through your hand… but what if someone told you only one of them was real?   You experienced both feathers in the same capacity, so you…
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Born Schizophrenic: Forever Schizophrenic?

Born Schizophrenic Picture yourself at 6 1/2 years old, no responsibilities or cares in the world.¬† Now, imagine for a moment that you spend¬†almost every single day within the depths of your home, you get easily upset to the point of no self-control multiple times per day, and you see and hear things that are…
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The Stigma Of Schizophrenia: How Society Misrepresents Mental Illness

By Cullen Knowles When people hear the word schizophrenia, Hollywood movies about deranged serial killers and lunatics often come to mind. A recent example is the movie Split, a horror/thriller about a kidnapper with 24 different personalities contained within his mind, driven to do horrible things because of his mental illness (1). There are many…
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