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Schizophrenia And Me

Schizophrenia is detrimental to anyone that has suffered from it. Whether the victim has always had this problem or they developed it much later, there is so much that goes on inside them and sometimes they cannot handle it. There are so many advancements in treatments but still not everyone can be helped and some still live with this condition.

Since the age of seven I have dealt with schizophrenia. When I was seven years old I made a new friend that no one else could see. This would be normal for a child, but this friend I could actually hear. I grew up and things got worse, but I had seen my mother go through the same things. Everything that was supposed to help her actually made her much worse or just didn’t affect her at all. I was afraid of people finding out and forcing me to take medications or go into a hospital and not be able to live at home. I was lucky because most children do not have the ability to control their reactions to this horrible issue.

There are many risks that may cause this early onset of schizophrenia. For some the cause could be as simple as genetics. In my case this seems to be the case since my mother has this condition as well. Also there is a chance that a viral infection, childhood stress or abuse will cause an onset of this horrible condition. No one is completely sure what actually causes schizophrenia in children but it happens quite often. A child may change from being friendly and outgoing to shy and withdrawn. They also may have erratic speech. There are many signs that can be seen, but they are signs of many other conditions as well so it may be very hard to tell that a child has a serious condition and what it is. There are many tests but in the end all that matters is what the child is going through.

The main thing that changes for children that have schizophrenia and become adults is the severity of the symptoms. The hallucinations get worse either in severity or in amount. Most victims of this condition in early childhood tend to break from reality by adulthood if not treated before. There is no cure for schizophrenia, but it can be treated and should be as soon as possible. For me the only reason I am able to live a semi normal life is due to medication and family and friends. Once a break occurs there is not much chance for returning to reality.

Though there are many treatments and attempts at cures not everyone wants to be “fixed”. Some people with schizophrenia have become so accustomed to the voices and visions that to live without them is worse than what they go through now. In some cases it would be equivalent to losing your only friends that have been there always. Many schizophrenics do not even harm themselves until after being treated.

Whether it begins in childhood or adulthood, schizophrenia is very detrimental to the victim and can cause all sorts of problems for their lives. I know from experience that there is far too many things going on in my head to not deal with them. Everyone has a story some of us are just afraid to tell it.


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