Schizophrenia affects around 20 million people worldwide. It’s a rare and highly stigmatized mental disorder which causes a range of frightening symptoms. Learn all about it below.
What is schizophrenia?
Schizophrenia is a serious mental health condition which causes people to lose touch with reality.
The main symptoms are hearing voices, visual hallucinations, delusions, paranoia, abnormal behavior, mood swings and disordered thinking. People aren’t able to tell the difference between their thoughts and reality. They may also become socially withdrawn and start to neglect personal hygiene.
Schizophrenia is a lifelong condition, but the symptoms can come and go in episodes. There are many treatments which can help people manage the condition.
What we cover in the blog
This blog is a resource all about schizophrenia. Here you will find information about the condition, the latest research, developments and treatment options.
You might be wondering, what causes schizophrenia? Well, experts are still trying to answer that question. We review the evidence which points to there being multiple contributing factors, such as genetics, substance abuse, life experiences and even some infections.
A psychotic episode is often the first sign of schizophrenia. Learn more about what psychotic episodes mean, how to handle them and when to seek treatment.
Schizophrenia is a much misunderstood illness, and sufferers are often depicted in the media as evil. While the illness can cause aggression, it doesn’t mean that everyone with schizophrenia is dangerous. Read our article debunking this and other common myths about schizophrenia.
You might be surprised to learn the good news that it is possible to live a normal life with schizophrenia. Antipsychotic medications can be very effective, so it’s important to see a doctor to get a diagnosis early on. We also look at some of the lifestyle changes you can make to lessen the impact of your symptoms.
If a friend or family member has schizophrenia, it can be difficult to know how to help them deal with their illness. Check out our guide for living with a schizophrenic to learn how to cope. We also discuss how to approach problem solving and resolving conflicts.