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Families and Friends
A Message for Caregivers
A Message for Teens
Arm Yourself with the Facts
Consequences of Stigma
Myths About Schizophrenia
What Causes Schizophrenia?
How the Brain Operates
The Course and Outcome
Stepping Stones to Recovery
The Stereotype of Violence
Schizophrenia at School,
Work, and in Relationships
Links to Other Resources
Many myths and misunderstandings about schizophrenia persist. What is
the biggest problem for people with mental illness? Most say its
the fact that even when they are feeling better others do not accept them.
Imagine if you were to go to the hospital for surgery; or friends and
family would call or visit. However, if you go to the hospital for a psychiatric
reason, friends and even some family members are uncomfortable in your
presence and often stay away. People suffering from schizophrenia feel
the sting of discrimination in almost everything they do. They become
isolated and cut off from society.