HOPE & RECOVERY – Your Guide to Living with and Beyond Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a complicated disorder which affects how a person perceives things, 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schizophrenia may have difficulty distinguishing between what is real and what is imaginary; may be unresponsive or withdrawn; and may have difficulty expressing normal emotions in social situations.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 a commonly-held myth, 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.

Anyone can develop schizophrenia; it affects people of all races and cultures. The prevalence of schizophrenia is approximately 1 in every 100 people. Women tend to develop symptoms in their late 20s whereas the onset in men is typically in their early 20s.

If you’ve been diagnosed with this mental illness, you will likely have a range of symptoms. People with schizophrenia experience periods of time when they can’t think clearly and can’t tell the difference between what’s real and what’s not real. They may react inappropriately to other people or misinterpret the actions and emotions of others.

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