Schizophrenic Episode

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If you have never experienced a schizophrenic episode, it is impossible to comprehend how frightening and upsetting it can be. During a schizophrenic episode, a person loses contact with reality. They may hear and see things that are not actually happening, experience paranoia and believe that other people mean them harm or are monitoring them, and be unable to communicate in a clear or meaningful way.

Someone suffering a schizophrenic episode will have difficulty completing everyday tasks, from taking care of their personal hygiene to maintaining adequate nutrition, and will be unable to function or behave appropriately at work or school. Because the symptoms of a schizophrenic episode can be so severe and debilitating, it is important to receive treatment as soon as possible. Without effective treatment, many schizophrenics end up unable to hold a job or maintain decent physical health. With prompt treatment, schizophrenics can minimize future relapses into episodes of psychosis and have a much better chance at living an independent and fulfilling life.

Janssen Pharmaceuticals, which markets several schizophrenia medications, created a simulation of a schizophrenic episode, which is intended to show people what it is like to have schizophrenia and experience auditory and visual hallucinations. You can view the video on their website: http://www.janssen.com/mindstorm_video.html

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