What is Schizophrenia?
Schizophrenia affects 1 in 100 people. It mainly becomes evident in teenagers and people in their twenties. Schizophrenia can last only for a few episodes, but unfortunately tends to be very persistent in many people. Stress from work, relationships or home and drug use are common triggers to schizophrenia. There is also evidence that genetic vulnerability plays a role.
Symptoms start in a mild form of the illness in adolescence, usually depression.
Common signs and symptons:
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- disorganised speech
- delusions and hallucinations – seeing and hearing things that aren’t happening
- paranoia – feelings that others are going to hurt them
- becoming socially withdrawn and
- lost touch with reality.