Someone said :
My boyfriend is a schizophrenic; the perceptions people have of that condition are as frightening to me as anything else in the world. Thankfully there is the web where people can and SHOULD look up stuff they are unfamiliar with.
I have been asked to elaborate by marlbro...so here goes:
THe BIGGEST misconception by far is that schizophrenic means split/multiple personalities...it doesn't (people have made inapprppiate comments such as "so it's like having two BFs to fuck!" to me).
The second biggest and a close second at that, is that schizophrenics are violent and dangerous. Unless they were a violent person before the onset of the condition (in males usually starts in late teens, early twenties, females predominently in the early thirties; OF Course there are exceptions) they are usually not apt to hurt anyone, save themselves.
Myth number three: medications only control schizophrenics by "doping them up" e.g., anesthitizing them to the world/suppressing their moods. If on proper medication(s), a schizophrenic can lead a very ordinary life.
Thankfully the med that finally truly worked for my guy is a once every two week injectionable type that merely balances out his brain chemistry and allows him to not be plagued by paranoid thoughts that are crppling (people could read his thoughts, etc.) w/ no side effects (weight gain, lack of sex drive, numbness in extremities etc.). It's called Risperdol Consta. Other meds he was first on in his early twenties were of the above side effect producing type so he would go off them and end up committed to an institution within about a month or two.
I met him after he found the proper med. He is an artist, very caring, smart and sensitve, attractive. I call him a shining star for he is. The BIGGEST thing by far that helped him over the years since he was first afflicted w/ this condition is his family's un-ending support.
Persons w/ stable backgrounds and support tend to be the ones that can fully recover. Sadly the streets are filled w/ ones that fell through the cracks, or who's families gave up, or have passed on, etc. There are so many, it's beyond sad.
Jeff gave up his meds this summer, thought he could do it w/ support of me and his family alone (about 5% of shizophrenics CAN live w/out meds)...he lasted about seven months before being but a shadow of himself. There was always a part of him hanging on, trying to be normal, but his thoughts became nearly entirely disjointed and he was deemed a danger to himself, so he was committed again and put on court ordered meds and in hospital for 2 weeks. He was then deemed well enough to be out again. That is about as fast as is possble so I am hopeful he'll have a full life again soon (work etc.).
Well, being no writer, I apologize for the rambling nature of this. Any questions, feel free to ask.
Thanks, Marlbro for caring to write; it touched me.