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Marengo CIMS Hospital Ahmedabad commemorates World Schizophrenia Day

 through advocacy for early diagnosis and appropriate treatment

  • This year’s theme for World Schizophrenia Day is “Celebrating the Power of Community Kindness.”
  • Patients suffering from Schizophrenia require a long-term treatment plan, support, and understanding

 Ahmedabad: 23 May 2024: Marengo CIMS Hospital Ahmedabad commemorated World Schizophrenia Day by advocating increased awareness to mark a significant step forward in the fight against stigma and create an open address of the disease. As the world prepares to commemorate World Schizophrenia Day on May 24th, 2024, the hospital joins the global community in raising awareness and support for individuals living with Schizophrenia.

This year’s World Schizophrenia Day holds special significance with the theme “Celebrating the Power of Community Kindness.” It is a time to reflect on the resilience of schizophrenia patients and caregivers, as well as the advancements in research and treatment options that are continually improving lives. Schizophrenia affects people globally, impacting not only those diagnosed but also their families and communities. Despite these challenges, stigma persists as society often views schizophrenia as a mentally debilitating condition.

Schizophrenia is a psychiatric disorder marked by an imbalance of certain chemicals in specific areas of the brain. This imbalance can result in a lack of coordination between thoughts, actions, and emotions. A common misconception is that schizophrenia involves a split personality, which is completely untrue. Individuals with schizophrenia have a single personality, just like everyone else. Typical symptoms include disorganized thinking, delusions, and hallucinations.

The cause of schizophrenia is not fully understood and remains a complex area for doctors treating patients with this disorder. However, it is believed to result from a combination of genetic, environmental, and neurobiological factors. A family history of schizophrenia increases an individual’s risk of developing the disorder. Imbalances in neurotransmitters and abnormalities in brain structure can also contribute to the condition. Additionally, traumatic experiences or chronic stress may trigger symptoms in vulnerable individuals.

Schizophrenia profoundly impacts individuals, families, and society. The symptoms experienced by patients often result in social isolation, difficulty securing employment, physical health problems, and a reduced life expectancy.

Dr Mukesh Sharma, Senior Consultant Neurology, at Marengo CIMS Hospital Ahmedabad says, “We are dedicated to empowering and supporting individuals with schizophrenia and their families. Our theme highlights the crucial role of the community in aiding those affected by schizophrenia, promoting activities such as educational seminars, public awareness campaigns, support group meetings, and artistic expressions to foster understanding and empathy. Through these awareness campaigns, educational programs, and advocacy efforts, we aim to increase awareness and provide resources for those affected by this neurological disorder. We call on global leaders for World Schizophrenia Day to take necessary actions to ensure that individuals with schizophrenia receive the quality of life they deserve. It is also essential for national leaders and policymakers to recognize this disorder’s significant impact on families and develop strategies and policies to address these challenges.”

Gaurav Rekhi, Regional Director, Marengo CIMS Hospital Ahmedabad says, “This year’s campaign focuses on fostering empathy and support for individuals with schizophrenia, promoting early intervention and treatment, and raising awareness among the public, healthcare professionals, and policymakers. Healthcare professionals are encouraged to stay updated on the latest research and treatments to improve care and services for those affected by schizophrenia. Within the broader scope of health and wellness, prioritizing diseases with a significant genetic component is crucial for patient care. This World Schizophrenia Day, we aim to highlight the immense benefits of community understanding and support for individuals and families dealing with the causes, symptoms, and outcomes of the disorder.”

World Schizophrenia Day is observed on May 24th each year and serves as a crucial opportunity to challenge stigma and misconceptions about the disorder. By raising awareness and advocating for better support and services, the day aims to improve the quality of life for those living with schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness affecting more than 21 million people worldwide according to the World Health Organization. The usual age of onset for adult Schizophrenia is 15 to 25 years although it can be seen as early as 5 years of age.

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