Schizophrenia : early diagnosis is essential
Illustration: Keith Negley
A disease that occurs in young adults, schizophrenia still suffers today from a negative image. However, current care offers many patients real hope of integration.
And the results are there: patients with schizophrenia now have a good chance of recovery. One third have a family life, professional life, often with continuous treatment. Others have difficulties and need support, for example working in a sheltered workshop. Finally, some of them need the help of their families in their daily lives or live in a home center.
David, A long JOUrney
"At 20 years old, I was talking on the phone with God. These mystical ideas were mixed with suicidal thoughts," recalls David*. At the time, he was suffering from an inability to recognize his illness (called anosognosia). He declined over time, seeing his mental capacities reduced to nothing. "I was unable to have any dialogue with those around me and I even became aggressive because of the delirium of persecution," he says. Yet he is getting out of it. "The revelation came when I was called in by force. Suddenly I realized that everything was better if I took my medication. Then, trusting the caregivers set me in a positive dynamic. With the psychotherapy, I got to know myself, to put words to my emotions, to objectify my fears and anxieties. "A long journey of about ten years that lead him to recovery. "Even if the disease has been very disabling, you are not disabled for life: I have gotten my family back, my old friends and a job. I have a normal life because I have accepted my schizophrenia. I take my medication, have regular medical-nursing follow-up and strategies to manage my stress," concludes the 40-year-old, now an entrepreneur.
*Name has been changed
Author : Giuseppe Costa, HUG-Pulsations (FR) >
Translation : Tania Secalin with the help of DeepL