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 “Schizophrenia: When you are truly your own worst enemy”
“What was that? No who was that? I don’t know? What am I doing here? What’s for
dinner?” The preceding is a sample thought process of a schizophrenic. Schizophrenia is a chronic
mental illness that affects approximately one percent of the population of every country in the
world. Even though it is one of the more common psychological disorders, it is still one of the
least understood.
Many people outside the realm of psychology believe that schizophrenia refers to a split
personality. The word schizophrenia comes from the Greek “schizo”, meaning split and “phrenia”
refers to the diaphragm, once thought to be the location of a person’s mind and soul. The true
nature of the word is seen in its original definition. First conceived by early 20th century European
psychiatrists, schizophrenia was meant to describe a shattering, or breakdown, of oneÃ



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