People affected by schizophrenia are not at all a reflection of the stigma and portrayal that is socially attached to them. Schizophrenia doesn’t equal violence.
On a daily basis, via news media, television shows and movies they are singled out and portrayed as dangerous, violent and unstable. This diagnosis is almost always given to individuals and fictional characters who commit crimes. Constant misinformation occurs about this mental health condition. In addition, in the movies and sometimes the media, immense disinformation is present and “mixes” the schizophrenia disorder with the dissociative disorder of the personality, which also increases the prejudices and misunderstanding of these two distinctive mental health disorders.
The reality is, however, contrary to all these prejudices. In fact, it is the schizophrenic people who are most at risk of being themselves victims of criminal acts. The fact that this diagnosis is so demonized makes them all the more vulnerable, since they are highly marginalized and stigmatized.
It is necessary to stop spreading these prejudices, which greatly affect their living conditions.
Schizophrenia doesn’t equal violence.