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- Negative symptoms include lack of motivation and becoming withdrawn.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.
These pages are created by the Rethink Mental Illness Advice Service in accordance with the Information Standard. Last reviewed in February 2014. Next review February 2016.
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