Since Eugene Bleuler coined the term Schizophrenia some 100 years ago, it has been a mystery for patients, care givers and general public. Schizophrenia referred to ‘the presence of schisms between thought, emotion, and behavior in patients with the disorder’, still prevails as a stigma. May it be an emotional turmoil of the care givers or poor compliance for treatment of patients, the outcome of the disease grows more and graver. Adding to this is ‘Faith healing’ activities and religious belief systems of our society. Research says out of 100 patients suffering from Schizophrenia, remission (with treatment) rates range from 10 to 60 percent, and a reasonable estimate is that 20 to 30 percent of all schizophrenia patients are able to lead somewhat normal lives. About 20 to 30 percent of patients continue to experience moderate symptoms, and 40 to 60 percent of patients remain significantly impaired by their disorder for their entire lives. Looking to impulsivity and self harm, 10 percent of patients die by committing suicide and also a number of cases of social and physical abuse by these still lie in our legal systems which could have been managed by early and effective treatment. May 24th, World Schizophrenia Day; reminds us of all the pains suffered due to this deadly disorder. Importantly many myths prevail despite internet, education, mobiles, etc and other technological facilities. Schools and colleges provide basic knowledge about physical disorders but mental disorders are left uncovered and untouched. Schizophrenia is a psychiatric disorder where there is elevation of dopamine (neurotransmitter) levels in certain areas of brain and hence it requires early, effective and tailor made treatment for each patient considering his/her personality. It also runs in families which also predict the outcome of the disease. This World Schizophrenia Day, let’s all become sensitive to this disease and help people coming out of it.
On this occasion, we have arranged an awareness programme on May 24 and Dr. G.Prasad Rao has presided the programme.