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Schizophrenia is one of the most misunderstood mental illnesses, which is not address by society. Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and disabling brain disease. There are certain important things that you might want to know about the disease; the amount of people affected by the disease, signs and symptoms, conditions that might be confused as the disease and major problems people with schizophrenia face. This number is sometimes debated but over 2 million Americans suffer from schizophrenia in any given year. Out of the 2 million Americans only 750,000 live independently, most likely with support from family and friends. The next largest group live with family which is about, 550,000. Another 400,000 live in supervised living environment such as group homes, halfway houses, and family care homes. The rest of the population is spread across hospitals, nursing homes, jails and prisons, and or homeless. Now that you know living with this disease is not an easy course of life we can go over some of the sign and symptoms that schizophrenic people face. The first one is an alteration of there senses, this is to include visual and auditory. A person with schizophrenia might experience sharpness of colors, textures and colors might blend, and these alterations can make objects frightening, ugly or just the opposite. The next sign or symptom is their inability to interpret and respond. A person without this disease has the ability to receive thought and process them and send a response, but a person with schizophrenia has jumbles thoughts and may not be able to send a response that makes much sense. Another symptom is delusions and hallucinations. This might cause the person to talk to themselves or inanimate objects and even though it might seem crazy to the person watching them but to them it is completely logical. Next, altered sense of self, they see the same distortions on themselves as they would...

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