The Mental Health Recovery Association (MHRA) works to improve the quality of life for those affected by schizophrenia, psychosis, bipolar and other related mental disorders through education, support programs, influencing public policy, and encouraging research.
We provide a much needed community-based network of knowledgeable staff and dedicated volunteers to support Nova Scotians directly affected by schizophrenia, psychosis, bipolar and related mental health disorders, as well as their family members, friends, colleagues, (circle of support) and communities.
Our core belief is in hope and recovery, that people with a diagnosis like schizophrenia, psychosis, bipolar and related can live the life they desire. The focus of the Society is to promote the goal that each individual will be able to return to a quality of life meeting each person's own perception of needs and expectations. The Society supports healthy minds, bodies, communities and lives. Early intervention is key and one of our key elements is education, know the signs and symptoms
Schizophrenia is a chronic brain disorder that affects less than one percent of the U.S. population. When schizophrenia is active, symptoms can include delusions, hallucinations, trouble with thinking and concentration, and lack of motivation. However, with treatment, most symptoms of schizophrenia will greatly improve.
While there is no cure for schizophrenia, research is leading to new, safer treatments.
Experts also are unraveling the causes of the disease by studying genetics, conducting behavioral research, and using advanced imaging to look at the brain’s structure and function. These approaches hold the promise of new, more effective therapies.
The complexity of schizophrenia may help explain why there are misconceptions about the disease. Schizophrenia does not mean split personality or multiple-personality. Most people with schizophrenia are not dangerous or violent. They also are not homeless nor do they live in hospitals. Most people with schizophrenia live with family, in group homes or on their own.
Research has shown that schizophrenia affects men and women about equally but may have an earlier onset in males. Rates are similar around the world. People with schizophrenia are more likely to die younger than the general population, in part because of high rates of co-occurring medical conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes
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