Schizophrenia is a severe, chronic (long-lasting) brain disease. Schizophrenia affects major areas of everyday life.
Schizophrenia can cause you to hear voices or have thoughts that other people are trying to read your mind, control your thoughts, or cause you harm.
Symptoms of schizophrenia can change over time.
Schizophrenia occurs equally among men and women.
Although rare, young children older than age 5 can develop schizophrenia.
Medicines, psychotherapy or other treatments can help control and reduce the symptoms, but this disease needs life-long treatment.
Schizophrenia is not a split personality disorder (a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde switch in character). Schizophrenia is a complex disease of the brain.
It may be caused by:
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Schizophrenia, mh-ahc-12505 (Information adapted from the National Institute of Mental Health.)
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