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  • Schizophrenia is a Disease of the brain which can also be triggered by stress or changes in the environment.
  • Some signs of the illness are abnormal, aggressive behaviour, hearing imaginary voices, suspiciousness, withdrawn behaviour, strange imaginary fears, lack of sleep, lack of concentration, inability to experience emotions, lack of self care etc.
  • Schizophrenia is not caused by witch craft, curse of god, phases of the moon or due to any supernatural forces. It is also not infectious.
  • Medicines are like nutrients for patients suffering from Schizophrenia and should not be discontinued without the advice ofthe psychiatrist.
  • Just as malaria is not cured by pooja, blessings of baba/priests, holy water or a visit to temple / mosque / church, similarly this illness is also not cured by the same.
  • Patients suffering from Schizophrenia are less violent than normal people.
  • Marriage, Yoga, vipassana, feng shui etc. do not cure the illness.
  • Majority of the patients when trated in time and continously lead reasonably normal lives.
  • Support from family, friends and neighbours enhances improvement.
  • Schizophrenia affects 8-10/1000 people all over the world. Newer medicines and support groups offer greater hope to those affected.



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