Schizophrenia is a mental illness that affects about one out of every hundred people. There are many popular myths and misunderstandings about it. That makes it all the more important to get the facts straight. This blog is for anyone who has Schizophrenia or who has a friend or relative with Schizophrenia. Here you will find:
What it is like to have Schizophrenia
What may cause Schizophrenia
What can be done
Schizophrenia Definition / Basic Schizophrenia Facts
What is Schizophrenia?
Schizophrenia is a medical illness classified as a mental disorder called psychosis. Schizophrenia is characterized by difficulty in processing information due to chemical imbalances in the brain. Its first onset is between 15-30 years old. Symptoms first appear in late adolescence or early adulthood. This may be rapid with symptoms developing within several weeks or it may be slow, developing over months or years.
Because it affects the thought processes primarily, Schizophrenia has also been called a thinking disorder.
Studies suggest risk factors are hereditary, but the causes may be due to the interplay of several other factors.
Schizophrenia Statistics / Case Study
Schizophrenia affects one in every hundred people. This is about the same for many different places and peoples across the world. It seems to be more common in city areas.
Schizophrenia affects men and women equally. It rarely starts before the age of 15, but can develop at any time after this. Men with Schizophrenia usually notice the first signs in their late teens or early twenties. Women are often first affected a little later, in their twenties or thirties.
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