Schizophrenia is a common mental disease affecting hundreds in America. Calling it a disease will perhaps attach a social stigma with it. Calling it a mental condition would be emancipating for its sufferers. People with Schizophrenia lose their cognizance of reality. They are no longer able to distinguish between what is real and what is imaginative. They often have bouts of straying into his imaginative world and behaving in such a way as if it were their real world. Besides, they also suffer from disordered thoughts which hamper their daily activities.
The predominant problem associated with schizophrenia is that it is not recognised or acknowledged by the family members of the sufferer or by the society in general. In spite of various awareness programs held about schizophrenia and its symptoms, people in general tend to overlook the mental state as one which requires proper treatment.
They tend to avoid people with schizophrenia, to such an extent that they lose jobs, are ostracised and even ignored. Little do these inconsiderate people realise that they are doing more harm than good to their friends who need support from their loved ones. Hallucinations or delusions are part of being affected with schizophrenia. Such states need to be dealt with by counselling and talking. Instead, people mock and crack jokes at their hallucinating phases. People with schizophrenia are also normal human beings like everybody else; just they have a different state of mind which needs to be addressed. Do not leave them alone, but support them to deal with it.