against people with schizophrenia is rife, a survey has found. Almost half the 1,500 respondents to a national survey would not let someone with schizophrenia look after their children. A third would not want a schizophrenic to be a medical doctor, and a tenth wouldn’t want them as a friend or neighbour, according to the poll for charity Esomar Foundation. Schizophrenia is a severe, long-term mental health condition in which sufferers struggle to distinguish their own thoughts from reality. However, patients receiving treatment – medication and psychological therapy – are able to live healthy, stable lives.