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Schizophrenia is a mental illness characterized by profound disruptions in thinking, perceptions of reality and can alter a person's sense of self.
- Symptoms begin between the ages of 15 and 30.
- Characterized by difficulty concentrating, paranoid behaviour and unusual outbursts.
- Disruption in thinking.
- Lack of energy and being unable to sleep.
- Psychosis including hearing voices or delusions.
- Altered perception of themselves, others and the world around them.
- Withdrawal from friends or family and seemingly depressed.
- Challenges with ability to communicate.
With your help, we are able to provide vital programs, education, awareness and advocate for those living with mental illness. Your support makes a difference.
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Chelsea was just 12 years old when she started having paranoid thoughts. By age 14, they had become so severe that her mother took her to the hospital where she was diagnosed with anxiety, depression and later, schizophrenia. She didn’t know what it would mean or what kind of future she would have. School became difficult. She would feel anxious, and talking to people and making friends was challenging.
When Chelsea connected with the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario she found a community of support and received a scholarship to finish her education. She has gained confidence and in hopes of inspiring others, now volunteers her time to share her story.
What Is Schizophrenia?
Schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder, characterized by profound disruptions in thinking, affecting language, perception, and the sense of self. It often includes psychotic experiences, such as hearing voices or delusions. It can impair functioning through the loss of an acquired capability to earn a livelihood, or the disruption of studies.
Schizophrenia typically begins in late adolescence or early adulthood. Most cases of schizophrenia can be treated, and people affected by it can lead a productive life and be integrated in society.