This NY Times article was posted back in December around the time that the Newton, CT shooting happened. This article is not about the shooting or Adam Lanza in particular, but a bigger issue of how we think about mental illness. It gets at some of these mental illness issues that we hear about in the media and some of the misconceptions associated with schizophrenia.
This article gets at some of the questions that we wonder when we hear about another tragic event where mental illness is involved. What is schizophrenia? What’s the difference between that and an Autism Spectrum Disorder? When does it show up? How does it look/feel?
Although it is estimated that about 1% of the population has this disorder, it is a disorder we need to know more about as the general population. The truth is that schizophrenia is everywhere – whether you realize it or not. From homelessness to jails to your neighbor, it is either directly or indirectly affecting your life.
Maybe you or someone you know is suffering from a mental illness and needs a little clarity. I hope this provides a gateway for you to be a better advocate for yourself or someone close to you.