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Schizophrenia is a serious disorder which affects how a person thinks, feels and acts. Someone with schizophrenia may have difficulty distinguishing between what is real and what is imaginary; may be unresponsive or withdrawn; and may have difficulty expressing normal emotions in social situations.

Contrary to public perception, schizophrenia is not split personality or multiple personality. The vast majority of people with schizophrenia are not violent and do not pose a danger to others. Schizophrenia is not caused by childhood experiences, poor parenting or lack of willpower, nor is the symptoms identical for each person.

What causes schizophrenia?

The cause of schizophrenia is still unclear. Some theories about the cause of this disease include: genetics (heredity), biology (the imbalance in the brain's chemistry); and/or possible viral infections and immune disorders.

No cure for schizophrenia has been discovered, but with proper treatment, many people with this illness can lead productive and fulfilling lives.

What treatments are available for schizophrenia?

If you suspect someone you know is experiencing symptoms of schizophrenia, encourage them top see a medical or mental health professional immediately. Early treatment - even as early as the first episode - can mean a better long-term outcome.

Fact Sheets

Schizophrenia (easy to read)
Schizophrenia in Children

Links & Resources

"Living with Schizophrenia: A Call for Hope and Recovery" This film explores the lives of three people living with schizophrenia, a chronic brain disorder that can be severe and disabling and often is misunderstood and stigmatized. The documentary reveals their daily struggles, personal insights about the illness, and paths the mental health recovery process.
This website offers a broad range of information on schizophrenia, treatment, support resources including online discussion boards for consumers, friends and family members, a personal stories section, internet based videos, books and more.

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An information and referral center. Their website has downloadable brochures on schizophrenia and understanding anti-psychotic medications and research articles on topics relating to schizophrenia.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Offers support groups and educational programs for family members of individuals with a serious mental illness. Find the support group nearest you.

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