Quick Facts about Mental Illness – Schizophrenia

This is a complex mental illness that changes perception, emotions and behaviour as a result of biological imbalance. Although there is no cure for schizophrenia people are helped by psychosocial treatment and medication.

It is important to understand that when in remission a person may behave relatively normally and can function in society.

Symptoms start slowly usually in young adulthood. Early warning signs may include:

  • Lack of motivation
  • Social withdrawal
  • Confused thinking
  • Inability to relax

More serious symptoms may include:

  • Personal appearance deteriorates
  • Loss of interest in school or work or social events
  • Unusual perceptions
  • Sudden excesses
  • Difficulty understanding words in context
  • Hearing voices or seeing people or things that aren’t there
  • Mood swings

Because people with schizophrenia aren’t usually aware of their situation it can be difficult to get them to treatment. Family and friends often support loved ones with these symptoms to get medical treatment.

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