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Myths about Schizophrenia

Unfortunately, in the media and in films, we tend to get the wrong image of someone with schizophrenia. Because of this, many people become scared and back off if they think someone might be diagnosed with schizophrenia.


In particular, we are told that “psychos” will try and kill us. However, the number of murders committed by people with a mental health problem is low, and has been dropping steadily. New research from Sweden suggests that people with a severe mental illness are responsible for just 1 in 20 of all violent crimes.


People with a drug or alcohol problem are far more likely to commit a violent crime than someone with schizophrenia. Indeed, people with a mental illness are far more likely to kill themselves than another person.


Statistics suggest that people with schizophrenia are far more likely to be a victim of violence, than to be violent themselves.