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What is schizophrenia?

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What is schizophrenia? When someone cannot tell the difference between what is real and what is imaginary, they may be described as having a 'psychotic' illness. The most common type of psychosis is schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is different for each person, but usually involves a dramatic disturbance in thoughts and feelings and results in behaviour that may seem odd to other people. Some people hear voices, others see things which are not there, or feel they are being persecuted. Some people only experience one episode of psychosis and some recover from schizophrenia. ...read more.


Or you may think someone from the house next door is trying to control your thoughts or feelings (called paranoid delusions). * Hearing, seeing, feeling or even smelling things that are not there (called hallucinations). For example you may hear voices talking about you. * Thoughts 'jumping' between completely unrelated topics (called disordered thinking). This can make conversations difficult. * Inappropriate behaviour, for example taking your clothes off in public. * Lack of awareness of other people's feelings. Or you may not show your own feelings or emotions, possibly having a blank facial expression. ...read more.


It's estimated that about 1% of the UK population experiences schizophrenia at some point in their lives. Studies suggest that it runs in families, but the risk of getting the condition if a family member has it is still relatively small. Chances of developing schizophrenia at any point during lifetime General population 1% Brother or sister has schizophrenia 8-10% One parent has schizophrenia 12-15% Fraternal twin has schizophrenia 14% Identical twin has schizophrenia 50% Having schizophrenia does not mean you have a 'split' personality, nor is it caused by personal weakness. In the past, people have wanted someone to blame for schizophrenia, and 'bad' families or evil spirits were given as 'causes'. ...read more.

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