Learn about schizophrenia.


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Schizophrenia is a mental illness that can affect the way you think, your ability to relate to others, and how you deal with your overall emotions.

Learn about schizophrenia.

Schizophrenia is thought to be caused by an imbalance of naturally occurring chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters, such as dopamine and serotonin. When imbalanced, these neurotransmitters can cause changes in your emotions, mood, and behavior.

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Signs of schizophrenia tend to first appear in the early to mid 20s for men and late 20s for women, although it can occur at any age.

What Are the Symptoms?

There are different types of symptoms relating to your emotions, thoughts, and behavior. Knowing the symptoms of schizophrenia may help you better understand the illness.

Learn about the symptoms of schizophrenia.

Learn About Schizophrenia Symptoms

  • Hallucinations

    Seeing, hearing, smelling, or feeling things that others do not experience

  • Delusions

    False beliefs that are not logical, such as paranoia (believing others are trying to harm you)

  • Disorganized thinking and actions

    Thinking, speaking, and moving in ways that are not understood by others

  • Loss of pleasure

    Lack of interest in participating in everyday activities or plans

  • Trouble processing information

    Inability to understand or trouble paying attention

  • Learning difficulties

    Problems remembering new information

  • Inability to focus

    Easily distracted or trouble paying attention

  • Social withdrawal

    Loss of interest in interacting with others

  • “Flat Affect”

    Speaking in a dull voice without facial movement

Why it's important to share your symptoms.

Why It’s Important to Share Your Symptoms

People with schizophrenia may experience symptoms differently. That’s why it is important to speak openly with your healthcare provider, caregiver, and support team to make sure your needs and concerns are being handled. The good news is that, although there is no cure, there are treatments to help you manage your symptoms.

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