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The Facts

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.

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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.