“A girl with schizophrenia” -Haniah Hamzah

I started to talk with Haniah by chance, it happened in a foggy day of November and I still remember when I was the notifications and noticed that she liked all my poems, I was really surprised! She sent me a message then and we  got  along instantly. I checked her profile and  I opened her book without any doubt: I was extremely curious and, if I have to be honest, I’ve never read a book about Schizophrenia, especially because of the stigma around this illness, so my expectations were really high. What can I say? It was really worth it. When I first read the  book, it was a working progress but it was already a promising one. I complimented with her instantly because I thought she was really brave, not anyone is capable of writing and be open about this kind of topics. Sufferers have been demonised for years, perceived as monsters and unhuman but she’s clearly fighting these prejudices  by showing that they’re like us, there isn’t any difference and we need to respect them and be compassionate towards their situation. I noticed her efforts and her honesty  and I have to say that I really admire what she’s doing: I would never be capable of such truthfulness and openess as she describes the most painful moments of her life. The most touching part is the one when she talks about her psychosis and I can say I really felt her pain, she explains well what it’s like to live with this illness and  I can say that reading this book can really open your mind and make you understand more about her world. ! She’s just a normal girl, like me, like you, fighting against demons of all sorts, against her mind and she’s battling in the best way ever: she is writing, she’s is expressing what could be kept hidden, it’s astonishing!

I really suggest this book, the content  is extremely good  and it has the potential to become the brilliant one! I also recommend it to those people who share the same issues, you will feel understood and not alone, not again.

You can find her on Wattpad!

A girl with Schizophrenia 

Diary of a girl with Schizophrenia




Mental health awareness month: schizophrenia.

Schizophrenia is a serious disorder which affects how a person thinks, feels and acts. Someone with schizophrenia may have difficulty distinguishing between what is real and what is imaginary; may be unresponsive or withdrawn; and may have difficulty expressing normal emotions in social situations.  Schizophrenia is a devastating disorder for most people who are afflicted, and very costly for families and society.

“The overall U.S. 2002 cost of schizophrenia was estimated to be $62.7 billion, with $22.7 billion excess direct health care cost ($7.0 billion outpatient, $5.0 billion drugs, $2.8 billion inpatient, $8.0 billion long-term care). (source: Analysis Group, Inc.).

“Schizophrenia is a disease that typically begins in early adulthood. It starts between the ages of 15 and 25. Men tend to get develop schizophrenia  earlier than women and  most males become ill between 16 and 25 years old. Most females develop symptoms several years later, and the incidence in women is higher in women after age 30. The average age  is 18 in men and 25 in women.


  • Hearing or seeing something that isn’t there;
  • a costant feeling of being watched;
  • peculiar or nonsensical way of speaking or writing;
  • strange body positioning;
  • feeling indifferent to very important situations;
  • deterioration of academic or work performance;
  • a change in personal hygiene and appearance;
  • a change in personality;
  • increasing retirement from social situations;
  • irrational, angry or fearful response to loved ones;
  • inability to sleep or concentrate;
  • inappropriate or bizarre behavior;
  • disorder thinking and speech.



Schizophrenia is not caused by childhood experiences, poor parenting or lack of willpower, nor are the symptoms identical for each person. The cause of schizophrenia is still unclear. Some theories about the cause of this disease include: genetics (heredity), biology (abnormalities in the brain’s chemistry or structure); and/or possible viral infections and immune disorders. Drugs can cause schizophrenia, especially cannabis an marijuana. ”Today the leading theory of why people get schizophrenia is that it is a result of a genetic predisposition combined with an environmental exposures and / or stresses during pregnancy or childhood that contribute to, or trigger, the disorder. Already researchers have identified several of the key genes – that when damaged – seem to create a predisposition, or increased risk, for schizophrenia. The genes, in combination with suspected environmental factors – are believed to be the factors that result in schizophrenia. These genes that seem to cause increased risk of schizophrenia include the DISC1, Dysbindin, Neuregulin and G72 genes, but it has been estimated that up a dozen or more genes could be involved in schizophrenia risk.” (source. http://www.schizophrenia.com )


While no cure for schizophrenia exists, many people with this illness can lead productive and fulfilling lives with the proper treatment. They can be treated with antipsychotic medication.

There are two major types of antipsychotic medication:

  • Typical (“conventional”) antipsychotics effectively control the “positive”symptoms such as hallucinations, delusions, and confusion of schizophrenia. We have:
  1. Chlorpromazine (Thorazine);
  2. Haloperidol (Haldol);
  3. Mesoridazine (Serentil);
  4. Perphenazine (Trilafon);
  5. Fluphenazine (Proxlixin).


  • Atypical (“New Generation”) antipsychotics treat both the positive and negative symptoms of schizophrenia, often with fewer side effects. We have:
  1. Aripiprazole (Abilify, Aristada);
  2. Asenapine (Saphris);
  3. Brexpiprazole (Rexulti);
  4. Cariprazine (Vraylar);
  5. Clozapine (Clozaril, FazaClo, Versacloz);
  6. Iloperidone (Fanapt);
  7. Lurasidone (Latuda).


If you or someone you know are in crisis, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).