Can We Cure Schizophrenia in the Next Decade?

May 8, 2007 by  

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By L. Winslow

Is it possible to cure schizophrenia? Well, many of the students graduating today with Psychiatric Degrees believe it is possible and they are primed to do it. Indeed curing Schizophrenia would be an incredible gift to humanity.

Most people do not realize just how prevalent this is in our society. I often wonder if this has anything to do with all the “Cults” which spring up. I have often wondered if completely curing Schizophrenia is a good idea because it is widely believed that those with even mild schizophrenia have a greater IQ than the average person in the population by 15 pts. Ever think of that?

If Schizophrenia were cured would that mean that our society would have less “high-intellegent” people in it? Could our society survive in that case if a percentage of the high-IQ people were removed due to a cure in Schizophrenia? Obviously those with severe Schizophrenia need help. But those who have mild Schizophrenia seem to function and you meet them every once in a while in society.

What are the statistics of those with schizophrenia? About 1-2 per hundred or something like that have schizophrenia and that does seem to be quite high. What are your thoughts on the impact on this? What about Religion, as if you stop schizophrenia then will religion disappear? Will the number of followers drop off? This is something that has been discussed in some recent articles.

This is not to say that those who are religious are schizophrenic, but if they are hearing voices in their heads or talking to invisible friends then there are some psychological issues that probably should be addressed. Something to think on.

L. Winslow is a Social Research Advisor to the Online Think Tank, a Futurist and retired entreprenuer. Currently he is planning a bicycle ride across the US to raise money for charity and is sponsored by and all the proceeds will go to various charities who sign up.

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One Response to “Can We Cure Schizophrenia in the Next Decade?”
  1. Rob says:

    I went through a period of ‘hearing voices’, ‘hallucinating’ at first it’s terrifying but to some extent you can “turn” it off .. I think it stemmed from my drug abuse, but since discontinuing use thats all gone, the odd time id see a shape of light or in the dark the hallucinations get more intense and vivid(multiple colours, shooting lights) but i still have a firm grasp on what is and isnt real..A cure for this disease would relieve so much suffering, from the viewpoint of a person who saw how terrifying this disease can be, the question of “is finding a cure a good idea” is like questioning whether or not a man should save another man from drowning..I’m no docter but from what I understand if there was a way to somehow repair brain tissue that could cure one,maybe all, signs of schizophrenia..Stem cell research seems to hold the key to curing mental illness,treatment of HIV, and cure for cancer.. How much funding and support stem cell research gets will define if schizophrenia is cured in ten years, or twenty, politcal red tape will decide that..I don’t know how any person can deny the progress of something that could relieve so much suffering and save so many lives for the ideals of religion

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