“Last week I was really into black, but now I’m having a blue phase — I must be schizophrenic.” If you or someone close to you has schizophrenia, you know that this casual misuse of the term is both hurtful and wildly off the mark. Schizophrenia doesn’t cause fashion indecision or multiple personalities.
Schizophrenia is an illness involving psychosis that causes people to lose touch with reality and withdraw into their own worlds. Because of this, people with schizophrenia often have trouble holding jobs, forming relationships, or finding their place in the world.
But although schizophrenia is a severe, disabling illness, it is treatable. Left untreated, it can have a devastating impact on the lives of both those with the illness and their loved ones.
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