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Schizophrenia, the Cancer of Mental Illness

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Professor Daniel Weinberger explains that schizophrenia has been called 'the cancer of mental illness' because of the severity of its impact.
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Schizophrenia is often referred to as the cancer of mental illness because it is a tremendously disabling and severe condition. It affects individuals at the very beginning of the primest period of their life in early adulthood. It is for most individuals afflicted, a life-long chronic and severely debilitating condition, which robs them of their capacities to form normal relationships, to have families, to work productively. To that extent because it is something that seems to really take over the life of the person for most of their life, it has this name the cancer of mental illness.
Keywords:
schizophrenia, symptoms of schizophrenia, mental illness, cancer, schizophrenic patients, disorganized, catatonia, delusions, hallucinations, emotions, daniel weinberger
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