Schizophrenia is a debilitating mental illness in which an individual’s behaviour and perception of the world is altered abruptly. The alteration in perception can distort their sense of reality, this is known as psychosis (What is schizophrenia). Schizophrenia affects 1% of people in the world. (SENSORY) In Australia 1 in 100 people, or 150,000-200,000 people are affected by this disorder although 20-30% of individuals with this disorder will only experience a few brief episodes with 10% of people committing suicide(BETTER HEALTH). It is important as a nurse to ensure we are educated on the different mental health issues that may present like schizophrenia. Health professionals should be able to recognise the symptoms that may occur when an individual is going through a psychotic episode as well as to provide non-maleficence care. Some symptoms that occur with schizophrenia include delusions, thought disorders, social withdrawal, lack of motivation, blunted emotions, inappropriate response, impaired thinking and memory, lack of insight as well as hallucinations that may consist of hearing, seeing, tasting, feeling or smelling things that are not real. (BETTER HEALTH) Mr Jeremy Oxley is part of the 70-80% of individuals have prolonged episodes that include auditory hallucinations, delusions, blunted emotions, inappropriate responses and impaired memory.
The depiction of mental illness changes depending on how it has touched different people’s lives. One