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Schizophrenia is a complex mental disorder characterized by symptoms such as disorganized thoughts, delusions, hallucinations, bizarre behaviour, lac ...

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What do Canadians think about people with schizophrenia?

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(NC)-Schizophrenia is a complex mental disorder characterized by symptoms such as disorganized thoughts, delusions, hallucinations, bizarre behaviour, lack of motivation and social withdrawal.

A recent Canadian survey revealed that over half of Canadians admit they are not knowledgeable when it comes to schizophrenia; less than half (45%) say they are. In fact, they admit to being less knowledgeable about schizophrenia than about other diseases and conditions such as diabetes (78%), depression (75%) and drug addiction (65%).

A disease characterized by its associated stigma, it is not surprising that over half (56%) of Canadians would be uncomfortable having someone with schizophrenia spend the weekend in their home. Even many of those who have been personally diagnosed or know someone who has schizophrenia (44%) say they would be uncomfortable.

Seven in 10 Canadians feel schizophrenia sufferers are not always treated the same way as people who are not afflicted with the disease, while only one in five Canadians think that individuals with schizophrenia are treated the same as those who do not suffer from the illness

Only one in ten Canadians believes that those with schizophrenia stop their treatment due to weight gain and other side effects of medication. Most are unaware of the significant impact that weight gain and other metabolic effects can have on the life of an individual.

Credit: www.newscanada.com