One thing that saddened me most was the lack of family support. It breaks my heart to see some patients being abandoned and institutionalised just because of the stigma that people with mental illness will never fit into the society or that they are just too difficult to deal with.
If you just understand what they go through on a daily basis and if you imagine that it were you going through all those, how would you feel if you were left fighting the illness alone.
Many would ask, "What is schizophrenia?" "If my relative or friend is diagnosed with schizophrenia, will they ever get well?" "Does this mean they are crazy?" "Will they harm me?"
The truth is, schizophrenia is a branch of psychiatric illness or mental illness that is stigmatised in today's society. There are many types of schizophrenia which I will not go into, but in general, these patients would go through a phase whereby they may hear voices that others would never pick up or see things that other people would never see. Many would describe this as seeing or hearing a ghost and this leads to fear that will conquer this person's mind. They will carry on thinking about the 'why' and 'what if'.