Schizophrenia causes disconnection between your experience of reality and reality as other people see it – a symptom called psychosis. As well as feeling confused, sad or introverted the things you see, hear or believe might not be what others perceive. Though a serious illness Schizophrenia can be treated.
Appearing usually between the ages of 15 and 35 it’s not known what causes schizophrenia, though it’s more common if it already exists in the family or if you’ve suffered brain damage or drug and alcohol dependency.
It’s a misconception that people with schizophrenia are usually violent or have a ‘split personality’.
- Hallucinations where you see, feel, smell or hear things that aren’t there
- Delusions, where you ‘just know’ things that seem unreal to other people
- Muddled thinking and difficulty concentrating
- A feeling that you’re being controlled by something outside yourself
- Not feeling up to normal activities like washing, dressing or seeing friends