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The Reality of Mental Illness

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Deanna Casanova

on 20 May 2010

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Transcript of The Reality of Mental Illness

The Reality of Schizophrenia If reality really is subjective,
what does that mean for mental
illnesses? What is Reality?

" What is real? How do you define real? If your talking about what you can feel, what you can smell, what you can taste and see, then 'real' is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain"
- Morpheus

Where does the word Schizophrenia come from?

In Latin,schizo means "split" and
phrenia means "mind" hence "split mind."

This more so dealt with a split from reality rather than a mind which was split in two or more but has lead to misconceptions about the illness...
Shizophrenia is defined as a severe chronic mental illness
with symptoms of delusions, hallucinations, incoherence,
and physical agitations. Definition:



That which is real; an actual existence;
that which is not imagination, fiction, or pretense;
that which has objective existence, and is not merely an idea.
Reality is individual and subjective.

Is it sensory information or consensus
which tells us that the sky is blue? What is Schizophrenia? What Schizophrenia isn't...

Schizophrenia is NOT split personality disorder despite what the definition might have you think
People with schizophrenia are NOT all violent serial killers

Child abuse casts a shadow the length of a lifetime.
- Herbert Ward Is there a cure?

Because schizophrenia is a chronic illness, it is something with which the sufferer willhave to deal for a lifetime
This does not mean that there is no hope
There are very effective medications availible which will allow the person with schizophrenia to get the symptoms of their illness under control
Schizophrenia can be an emotionally based illnessand therefore therapy can help ease the symptom Free Will or Determinism? The sanctuary of the mind is no more, it has been invaded.
The voices inside the mind of a person with this illness may be
telling them to do things they do not want to do... do they have a
choice? YES!
Free will exists within the mind of a person with schizophrenia
Control can be regained!
Buddhist Enligtenment

The truth has been recognized, reality realized. INSIGHT: The moment at which a person with schizophrenia
realizes that they have schizophrenia. Inconsistencies
are seen and can see in hinsight illogical behaviours. Collective Reality?
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