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Mental Health Concerns
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shown to be effective in 60% of cases; however, up to 90% of
individuals on medications relapse when the medications
have been discontinued.
Resources:
The Boy Who Couldn’t Stop Washing
. Rapoport, Judith, M.D.
1991.
Freedom from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Personalized
Recovery Program for Living with Uncertainty
. Grayson,
Jonathan. 2003.
Adapted from information from the National Alliance on
Mental Illness (NAMI)
SCHIZOPHRENIA
Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness that affects well
over two million American adults, about 1 percent of the
population age 18 and older. Although it is often feared and
misunderstood, schizophrenia is a treatable condition.
Schizophrenia often interferes with a person’s ability to think
clearly, distinguish reality from fantasy, manage emotions,
make decisions and relate to others. The first signs of
schizophrenia typically emerge in the teenage years or early
20s, often later for females. Most people with schizophrenia
contend with the illness chronically or episodically
throughout their lives and are often stigmatized by lack of
public understanding.. Schizophrenia is not caused by bad
parenting or personal weakness. A person with schizophrenia
does not have a “split personality,” and almost all people