A recent article focused on Separation of Church and State because a governor in the US does not believe in mental illness.
In that article, I spoke of the mentally ill who become violent through no fault of their own.
However, in my passion for writing about the interventions that are needed across America, I neglected to point out that not everyone who is mentally ill becomes violent.
I was shocked to realize that I had contributed to the misconceptions and stigmas associated with mental illness, and for that, I am deeply ashamed and am committed to be more mindful while writing content in the future.
Michael Hedrick’s article on “5 Things You Should Know About People With Schizophrenia“ revealed how important it is to make sure people understand the many nuances of a mental illness, or a physical illness.
While it is true that some people can become violent or threaten violence, it is certainly not the case for all people coping with schizophrenia. I know people with schizophrenia that are coping well with their illness.
I’ve also known of precarious situations, such as when a friend pulled a gun on a person she loved because the patient thought the loved one was spying on them for the government. This particular situation did not end in violence or harm. The problem was that the patient was not on medication because she had not been properly diagnosed, even though she exhibited symptoms.
Doctors cannot read minds. It is up to the family and the patient to properly inform a physician so that proper referrals and a diagnosis can be made. Another problem in receiving proper treatment is that often the patient will not allow anyone to accompany them to the doctor, therefore the doctor has no information other than what the patient gives him or her.
But – there are also people like Michael.
Read Michael’s story at Psychology Today. In it, he successfully dispels some misconceptions of Schizophrenia.