Disability Tax Credits and Benefits for Schizophrenia

Introduction

Have you seen people who behave in an unusual manner, perhaps as if they have been possessed by a demon? If the answer is yes, he or she may be affected by a serious mental disorder termed schizophrenia. Once affected by schizophrenia, people may exhibit unusual or violent behaviour, which would not be tolerated by the average person. The affected person would not be able identify the difference between what is realistic nature and the imaginations that run within his or her mind. Hence, they might start believing in whatever they imagine, which might result in hallucinations that make them feel that all their imaginations take place in reality. The disorder is not specific to a certain age group or race. Although there are some treatments for schizophrenia, in most cases these treatments have to be undertaken throughout the life of the person. In most cases, people around the patient may become afraid of his or her violent behaviour, which could develop misunderstood hatred towards the patient. There is a severe social stigma associated with the condition. It is important to take much care on people who are affected by schizophrenia. If you or a loved one has schizophrenia, you can apply for the disability tax credit introduced by the Canadian government and other financial benefits that may be available to you.

Causes

Like many mental disorders, the causes of schizophrenia are varied. There is some genetic aspect that deals with the predisposition to the disorder; however, its development is not always directly hereditary. Furthermore, the causes of schizophrenia can be derived from an emotional aspect, rather than direct biological disturbances within a person. When a person goes through a tough childhood or experiences an emotional or a physical abuse, he or she may increase chances of developing this disorder. It is also possible for a baby to be born with schizophrenia. The emotions or other disorders experienced by the mother while carrying a baby might be the reason for schizophrenia in newborn babies.

Symptoms

Most symptoms exhibited my most people suffering from schizophrenia are common in nature. Several of these are listed below:

  • The person tends to believe something that has not taken place in reality.
  • They tend to hear, smell, taste or feel things that do not exist in the real world.
  • They have a reduced ability to think logically, when compared with a normal person of the same age group.
  • They will not be able to behave well in most social circumstances.
  • The ability to express their views would be lessened, due to the inability to speak what they think.
  • Sometimes, affected people tend to behave in such a manner that makes others feel like their muscles have become too rigid.
  • Auditory and visual hallucinations are more common among people who are affected by schizophrenia.

Disability Tax Credits for Schizophrenia

Without continued treatment, the disorder cannot be controlled. The condition of the patient will not be cured, in most cases, and only the severity can be controlled with the help of medication. Treatment, which includes both medication and emotional or behavioural therapy, can be costly. Schizophrenia patients may be eligible to receive the Disability Tax Credit under categories like mental functions, speaking and hearing, and other benefits offered by the Canadian government. HandyTax is glad to help those with schizophrenia and their loved ones apply for these benefits. Call us today to speak to a friendly representative.