Breaking down schizophrenia for WMHD

Wikimedia Commons/CometStarMoon

A piece of cloth embroidered by a person suffering from schizophrenia

World Mental Health Day takes place on 10 October every year with the aim of raising awareness about mental issues and removing the stigma often associated with them.

The focus this year was on schizophrenia, which is an illness that is one of the most highly-stigmatised. It also became the butt of jokes at the end of 2013 when sign language interpreter Thamsanqa Jantjies messed up at former SA president Nelson Mandela’s memorial service. He had claimed his schizophrenia affected his word that day.

In this piece for Now!, I break the disease down and explain how it occurs, giving some interesting facts along the way.

Read the full piece originally on Now! here.

By cometstarmoon [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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