What are some common misperceptions about psychosis in veterans?

Psychosis is a well-known condition that is frequently misunderstood. One popular misconception about the psychotic disorder schizophrenia, for instance, is that it results in a “split personality.” The words “psychotic” or “psycho” are used very casually in our culture, to demean or criticize someone whose behavior seems unusual or opposed to our own. Real psychosis can in fact manifest itself in dramatic fashion, and stories about notorious psychotics have captured the public imagination. But the vast majority of psychosis sufferers are not serial killers, or even at all dangerous to others.

Some of the myths about schizophrenics are that they are hopeless, they can’t hold a job, they are violent, they have brain damage, they had bad parents, and they must be institutionalized. These myths are exaggerations that combine all the worst possible scenarios. Schizophrenia and other variations of psychosis are serious diseases that can be treated, and these diseases are not the fault of the affected person or the people around them.

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