AccessAbility Services Schizophrenia Fact Sheet
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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.
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)
Inability to initiate activities
Difficulty with making decisions
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.