8 Things People With Schizophrenia Wish You Knew

Schizophrenia is a mental disorder which affects how a person thinks. It’s typically classified as a distortion in thinking or perception, and the disorder affects more than 21 million people across the world. Despite affecting a large number of people, the stigma surrounding schizophrenia and the discrimination against those who suffer from it is extreme.

I personally don’t have the disorder, and I don’t have strong connections with somebody who does, but I’m aware of the fact that there’s many misconceptions around the mental illness. Like so many mental disorders, schizophrenia is a type of psychosis which is often misunderstood due to the fact that people aren’t willing to take the time to educate themselves further on the subject. 

I wanted to reach out to those that suffer from schizophrenia and offer them the chance to share what they wish people knew about having the mental illness. Here are a few of their responses:

1. “Schizophrenia Does Not Mean You’re Inherently Dangerous”

I wish people understood that we weren’t dangerous. I wish people understood that we are often failed by the medical system.

Submitted by Captain_Aizen_Sosuke

I wish people understood that people that have schizophrenia are not inherently dangerous.

Submitted by anonymous

2. “We’re Well Aware Of Our Disorders”

That I’m well aware that my hallucinations and delusions are not real, but that doesn’t stop me having them. 

Submitted by lastnightslovebites

3. “Experiencing Symptoms Doesn’t Mean We’re Stupid”

Schizophrenia isn’t a direct indication of intelligence. It’s possible to be schizophrenic and very bright, or rather average, or a little slow, but that’s the normal spread of intelligence you’d see across any random sampling of people.

Submitted by superphrenic

Believing a delusion is not a matter of intelligence. They’re very convincing and seem true. I’m not automatically stupid because I believe delusions.

Submitted by schizodepressive

4. “Anti-Psychotics Aren’t A Fun Experience”

From my personal experience, the treatments are more disabling than the illness.

Submitted by MagoriusCreech

Anti psychotics do the job but they’re not fun. That it’s an illness that disables you and prevents you from functioning like normal people.

Submitted by justlarry98

Antipsychotics are rough. They are a very unpleasant drug. For some people they are the worst part about having schizophrenia.

Submitted by xzraidenz

5. “Schizophrenics Are More Likely To Be Victims Of Crime”

We’re 11 times more likely to be victims of violent crime than the perpetrators. 

Submitted by estrelle84

We’re more likely to become victim of violent crime, than committing one during psychosis, when psychotic we, in most cases, only hurt ourselves and not others. We’re not violent and not criminals. 

Submitted by kloti

6. “The Struggle Is Constant”

That each and every day is a struggle. It isn’t episodic (at least in my case).

Submitted by hh434344

How negative symptoms impact everyday life.

Submitted by sqyd234

That it’s hard most of the times. My delusions take over my brain and I can’t function.

Submitted by justlarry98

7. “The Stigma Around Schizophrenia Is Extremely Bad”

Schizophrenics still have a ridiculous amount of stigma, e.g there’s no “cute” schizophrenics in television or film we are always the villain, everyone even politically correct people still use “crazy” as an insult. So it creates this horrible self fulfilling prophecy, that we have delusions of persecution but are actually persecuted by mass consensus.

Submitted by bipolarplanet2

Stigma is a huge problem in society. One thing that happens every now and then is that people who were raised with stigma beliefs about mental illness, “oh it’s laziness or they are dangerous” they themselves by chance become ill. When a person raised with stigma becomes ill they have no idea how to handle it, they’ve never been taught how to deal with mental illness. They might feel immense guilt, shame, denial, probably more prone to suicide.

Submitted by anubis–

8. “We’re People, Too”

We’re real people with pride and honesty. We’re doing the best we can with what we’ve got. We each deserve a chance at something better than life planned for us.

Submitted by anonymous

We just want to be treated like any other human being. We can learn to carry our package, and I hope society learns as well, and starts to get more educated about psychosis and schizophrenia, something that affects 1 in 100 people, but is in many cases terribly misunderstood.

Submitted by kloti

Do you suffer from schizophrenia? What do you wish that people knew about having the mental illness and how it impacts your life? Let me know in the comments or get in touch to share your story.

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