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Schizophrenia affects 660,000 people in France today. It is detected between 15 and 25 years. The causes of this disease have not yet been determined, but excessive cannabis use during adolescence could be one of the triggers. According to Inserm, the National Institute for Health and Medical Research, such consumption would double the risk of developing schizophrenia.

This is what happened for Nicolas, a stretcher-bearer: “I was 17 years old, I went on summer vacation with three friends and 75 grams of cannabis, a nice sachet. I smoked from morning to night, non-stop, for a week”. Coming home, Nicolas felt different. He began to feel the same effects as when he smoked cannabis, but without having consumed it: hallucinations, thought disorders, agitation…

Treatment is often prescribed, over several years, to reduce psychotic attacks. However, before the diagnosis, these episodes can endanger the patients, who are likely to act in an irrational way. “In March 2003, I was in a psychotic delirium and I decided to go to London with 45 euros. I was able to buy a low cost ticket but arrived there, I had nothing. I was homeless for a month and a half. I think that in precarious situations, the effects of schizophrenia are even more significant,” says Nicolas Desseaux. One of his friends ended up picking him up to bring him back to France. When he returned, he told his parents about it and the doctors were able to diagnose him as schizophrenic.

“I’m on treatment today but it’s not like before. I used to be athletic but now I can’t do a whole day without a nap, I’m slowing down, I’ve gained 20 kilos…” he continues. The side effects of the heavy treatments have upset her daily life but also allow her to have a stable life, in particular a job and a social life.

Discover his testimony and explanations about schizophrenia in the video above.

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==> Understanding schizophrenia

Literature and then cinema have associated it with the worst excesses… However, schizophrenia cannot be reduced to the hallucinations and delusions it causes. This “split of the mind”, as Eugen Bleuler baptized it, is above all a source of suffering and exclusion for those it affects. Back to a psychiatric illness that still raises many questions.


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