After doing some extensive research on schizophrenia and finalizing diagnostic studies, I have been learning so much more about this disorder than I ever expected. It’s hitting close to home as someone who means quite a lot to me is currently undergoing the diagnosis, although could possibly be schizophreniform (which is still so hard to go through).

This is not something to ignore. These people need help. Stop adding to the problem; start resolving the problem.

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The stigma causes some patients not to seek treatment. Many families resist sending loved ones who are ill to get care. Patients suffer. Patients with schizophrenia die at a younger age than healthy people. In too many instances, patients kill themselves. Suicide is the number one cause of premature death in schizophrenia. Lives are ruined.

I’m frustrated by this. If someone suffers a stroke or a concussion, we say, “We need to get them help right away.” If a person suffers from cognitive decline later in life, we say the same thing. If a child has a reading disability, we say, “We need to do something about that.”

But if a 20-year-old kid has a psychotic episode, society wants to ignore him. Many mentally ill people end up becoming homeless or the victims of crimes and have nowhere to turn. The largest psychiatric treatment center in the United States isn’t…

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