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Xyle Soulful

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Spread Awareness that Schizophrenia is not a 24 x 7 Mental condition

Most people have no idea what schizophrenia really is. They think that Schizophrenia is a 24 x 7 mental condition and people diagnosed with it are under delusion, hallucination or hearing voices all the time.

Typically, as per my experience... when the key symptoms show up it is known as 'Episode'. Episode can be controlled within a period of 1 day or 1 week depending on how long it takes for the affected person to have the medication working effectively.

I would say, most people with this mental condition spend 5% in Episodes and 95% dealing with the effects of medicines, memories and trauma resulting from the Episode.

If this clarity is brought forward on media it can change the way how people see the affected.

Mostly, people affected with schizophrenia are dealing or trying to cope up with daily life 95% of their lifetime.

The acute challenge is Episode .... but the challenge posed by the reality of social awareness imposes the impression that the Episode or Key symptoms of Schizophrenia is a lifelong experience.

Hence, the affected people are treated with stigma in the society.

There could be a change in the approach of people affected with Schizophrenia, Caregivers, Medical Professionals and society in general if this distinction is expressed clearly when talking about Schizophrenia.

Would spreading a simple message that Schizophrenia is not a 24 x 7 mental condition bring about a change in thinking??

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    Jan 9 2013: I find schizophrenia fascinating..there is a repeating type of haullicinations that are ominous and revolve around evil and huge themes of supernatural beings with agendas...the common thread of vision to me indicates where the traulma is located in the subconscious and the vision a metaphour of perhaps what resides under the film of sanity in us all. I had the experience of temporary schizophrenia 3 times,once when i was starving,once when i had been violently assaulted, and the other an extension of too many 1970s drugs...Each experience was full of known authentic myth,and stuff i was not aware i was thinking about ever...Luckily for me my episodes are caused by extreme threat or stress....i am not locked in for ever intermitently ...i do not require medication...but i did meet with others who are more encompassed by this pattern . What i wish is that there was a book cataloguing all the variations of hallucination...i believe they are not unfounded,but based on real information...related in ways that we currently see as useless,or even worse threatening....My time spent between reality and somewhere in my subconscious are very special to me an d have sparked interest in ways i could never have gone without this cause...For me it was a hard experience but valuable ...i have never heard of how this breakdown is an opportunity to see into man as he slips out of cadence with others as informative,instead only a tale of fear and woe about this threat of being different
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      Jan 9 2013: Love your approach an attitude towards this mental condition and your experience with it. I, myself, am exploring the 'Episode' side of Schizophrenia and the nature of the content through Trans-Personal Counseling. I pay attention to my mind and the memories and try to go back to the earliest of my memories that probably found the base or foundation for the complex content that surfaced during the Episodes. It has been an enlightening affair so far with minimum trigger.

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