About Schizophrenia

WHAT IS SCHIZOPHRENIA?

Schizophrenia is a serious chronic condition that affects the brain. It impairs a person's thinking and judgment, and also affects how a person relates to others. Continue reading below for a full list of symptoms.

WHAT CAUSES SCHIZOPHRENIA?

There are several theories about other causes of schizophrenia, and why it affects some people but not others. Schizophrenia may be caused by an imbalance of chemicals within the brain that may result from a combination of genetic and environmental factors, including stress.

How many people have it?

WHO DOES IT AFFECT?

  • 1% of the world’s population suffers from schizophrenia.
  • It occurs at similar rates in all ethnic groups around the world.
  • Men and women are at equal risk of developing the disease.

IS THERE A CURE FOR SCHIZOPHRENIA?

Although there is no cure for schizophrenia, for many people, medication is a foundation of their recovery plan, along with support treatments like psychotherapy. With a combination of treatments, many people are able to pursue treatment goals and lead productive and meaningful lives.

Women usually develop symptoms during their mid-20s and early 30s.

Men tend to show symptoms between their late teens and early 20s.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

There are many different types of symptoms of schizophrenia. Not everyone has the same ones. They fall into two categories:

 

POSITIVE SYMPTOMS:

Feelings or behaviors that are usually not present, such as:

  • Seeing, hearing, or sensing things that are not there (hallucinations)
  • Having unusual beliefs that seem strange to most people and are obviously false (delusions)
  • Disorganized speech and behavior

NEGATIVE SYMPTOMS:

A lack of feelings or behaviors that are usually present, such as:

  • Being less able to show feelings
  • Losing an interest in or ability to do tasks or activities
  • Avoiding family and friends and wanting to be alone

APPROVED FOR THE TREATMENT OF SCHIZOPHRENIA

*Please discuss your symptoms with your healthcare professional. He or she will review your symptoms and may consult the established guidelines, which are available in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, where applicable.

 

IT’S IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT WHILE THERE IS NO CURE, SCHIZOPHRENIA CAN BE EFFECTIVELY MANAGED WITH MEDICATION AND THE RIGHT TREATMENT PLAN.

Additionally, a long-acting medication can help offer symptom control for schizophrenia with one less pill that you’ll have to remember to take every day. On this site, you will find help to start learning about long-acting symptom control options.