These pages cover what schizophrenia is, what the symptoms are and how you can get treatment.
- Schizophrenia is a mental illness that affects the way you think.
- It affects about 1 in every 100 people.
- It usually starts during early adulthood.
- It does not mean that you have a split personality or that you are likely to be violent.
- The symptoms of schizophrenia can be split into ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ symptoms.
- Positive symptoms include experiencing things that are not real (hallucinations) and having unusual beliefs (delusions)
- Negative symptoms include lack of motivation and becoming withdrawn. These symptoms are generally more long-lasting.
- Many different factors seem to affect whether you develop schizophrenia.
- Medication known and therapy can help treat symptoms of schizophrenia.
This section covers:
1. What is schizophrenia?
2. What are the symptoms of schizophrenia and how is it diagnosed?
3. What are the types of schizophrenia?
4. What causes schizophrenia?
5. How is schizophrenia treated?
6. What treatment should I be offered?
7. What if I am not happy with my treatment?
8. What are self care and management skills?
9. What risks and complications can schizophrenia cause?
10. Information for carers, friends and relatives
These pages are created by the Rethink Mental Illness Advice Service in accordance with the Information Standard. Last reviewed in May 2015. Next review May 2017.
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