Schizophrenia Fact Sheet

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What is Schizophrenia?

Characteristics

Causes



What is Schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is a condition that affects the normal functioning of the brain due to a chemical imbalance. Confused thought patterns caused by Schizophrenia may affect speech and behaviour.

A person with Schizophrenia may experience confusion and find it difficult to understand and respond to everyday situations.


Characteristics

  • Pre-occupied with delusions (false beliefs)

  • Hallucinations (hearing, seeing, feeling, smelling, or tasting something that is not actually there)

  • Confused thinking (thoughts and speech may be jumbled)

  • Lack of concentration and memory

  • Irrelevant or illogical choice of topics or replies to questions

  • Feelings of persecution (belief of being watched, ridiculed, harmed or conspired against)

  • Withdrawn

  • Inability to initiate activities

  • Difficulty with making decisions


Causes

Schizophrenia may be hereditary or caused by factors such as drug abuse or a traumatic experience. Some people may be born with a tendency to develop Schizophrenia.


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