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Schizophrenia is a chronic and severe mental health disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. People with schizophrenia may seem like they have lost touch with reality and can experience hallucinations, delusions, and disorganized thinking.
Although schizophrenia is not as common as other mental illnesses, the symptoms can be very disabling. With treatment, often including medications and coping skills, it is possible to live well this condition.
According to NAMI, schizophrenia affects about 1% of Americans. The average age of onset tends to be in the late teens to the early 20s for men, and the late 20s to early 30s for women.
It is uncommon for schizophrenia to be diagnosed in a person younger than 12 or older than 40.
Psychosis is characterized by an impaired relationship with reality. People who are psychotic may have either hallucinations or delusions.
Hallucinations are sensory experiences that occur within the absence of an actual stimulus. For example, a person having an auditory hallucination may hear their mother yelling at them when their mother isn’t around.
Someone having a visual hallucination may see something, like a person in front of them, who isn’t actually there.
Psychosis is manageable with therapy and medications. Early intervention (recognizing and treating the symptoms when they first arise) is an important part of best outcomes for this diagnosis.
Let us help you or a loved one. Call us today at 877.929.6892 and we’ll help you find the treatment option that’s right for you.
Looking for even more information about schizophrenia? You may find these resources helpful.
Learn more about schizophrenia and what you can do if you or a loved one is displaying signs of they are having trouble managing their mental health.
These organizations may also have useful information:
Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America
An organization dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by schizophrenia-related brain illnesses, reducing stigma, and promoting recovery through support groups, advocacy, and public education.
Schizophrenia International Research Society
An organization that brings together researchers from around the world with the purpose of advancing the research of schizophrenia and related disorders.
Social Cognition in Psychosis
by Kathryn Eve Lewandowski and Ahmed A. Moustafa
Chemotherapy in Psychiatry: Pharmacologic Basis of Treatments for Major Mental Illness, 3rd edition
by Ross J. Baldessarini
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