This section covers what schizophrenia is, what the symptoms are and how you can get treatment. You might find it useful if you have schizophrenia yourself, or if you care for someone who does.
- Schizophrenia is a mental illness that affects the way you think.
- It affects about 1 in every 100 people.
- Schizophrenia may develop during early adulthood.
- You can have ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ symptoms of schizophrenia.
- Positive symptoms are experiencing things that are not real (hallucinations) and having unusual beliefs (delusions)
- Negative symptoms may be a lack of motivation and being withdrawn. They often last longer than positive symptoms.
- There are different types of schizophrenia.
- There are different causes of schizophrenia including genetics and environment.
- You can get medication and psychological treatments for 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. Is it possible to recover from Schizophrenia?
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. What if I am a carer, friend or relative?
These pages are created by the Rethink Mental Illness Advice Service in accordance with the Information Standard. Last reviewed in April 2017. Next review April 2020.
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