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Schizophrenia is a mental illness that affects one person in every hundred.

Some people may experience only one or a few episodes of schizophrenia in their life, and some may have it for the rest of their lives.

Schizophrenia is a mental illness that affects the person's personality and can cause changes in many aspects of the sufferers life.

The first signs of schizophrenia can include changes in the person's behaviour, thoughts or manner of speaking.

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There are many things that are believed to contribute to the cause of a person's schizophrenia. These include:

  • Genetic Factors: a predisposition to schizophrenia means that any children or relation to someone with schizophrenia has an increased chance of developing schizophrenia.

  • Biochemical Factors: unbalanced chemicals in the brain are thought to have an affect on a person that develops schizophrenia. The chemical that is out of balance is known as 'dopamine'. Reasons for this chemical imbalance are unknown, but it is believed that it may be due to a genetic predisposition.

  • Family Relationships: at present there is no evidence that suggests family relationships have anything to do with whether a person develops schizophrenia or not, and more often than not a person with schizophrenia may just be sensitive to tension amongst family because of memories and relapses.

  • Environment: it has been recognised that stressful incidents coincide with the onset of schizophrenia, but it seems more likely that the illness causes the people affected to become more sensitive, therefore causing stressful events ie: relationship breakdown or unemployment. These stressful events then trigger the schizophrenia.

  • Drug Use: usage of drugs, especially cannabis and L.S.D are more than likely to cause a relapse in schizophrenia.


    Major Symptoms Of Schizophrenia Include:

  • Delusions: these can be false beliefs of persecution, guilt or grandeur or being under outside control. People with schizophrenia can often think that they have special powers or gifts or they may think that people are plotting against them. Sometimes they hide or withdraw to avoid these delusions.

  • Hallucinations: these most commonly involve hearing voices. Other experiences have shown that people with schizophrenia can often hallucinate things that involve; seeing, feeling, tasting and smelling.

  • Thought Disorder: this is where the person suffering from schizophrenia is difficult to follow in conversation, ie: jumping from one topic to another with no logical connection. The person with schizophrenia may think that their mind is being interfered with by someone else.

    Other Symptoms Of Schizophrenia Include:

  • Loss of Drive: this is where a person with schizophrenia finds everyday activities tiring and cannot perform as usual.

  • Blunted Expression of Emotions: the ability to express emotions is lost and the person lacks a response to emotions ie: happy and sad occasions.

  • Social Withdrawal: this can be caused by a number of factors, including the fear that they may be hurt by someone else or an inability to interact with other people in social circumstances.

  • Thinking Difficulties: abilities to plan, organise, concentrate and their memory may be affected by schizophrenia, which in turn makes everyday activities, communication and the ability to reason harder.



    At present the most effective treatment for schizophrenia is medication. Some people do find that psychological counselling and managed care and help can help them to either recover faster or feel better sooner.

    The medication works to correct the chemical imbalances in the brain.

    At present there is no known cure for schizophrenia, so regular taking of medication, visits to psychologists and care can help a person suffering schizophrenia to recover faster than by themselves.

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    Further Reading
    Keeping It Together Staying On Top Of Schizophrenia - Provided by Grand United Health Fund

    SCHIZOPHRENIA in Layman's Language - http://web.ukonline.co.uk/sanelink/SCHIZOPHRENIA.htm

    Delusions Of Grandeur - http://www.ebookland.net/delusions_of_grandeur.htm

    There is also a Health Translations Online Directory that enables you, health practitioners, and those working with culturally and linguistically diverse communities to easily find reliable translated health information.

    The Directory provides web links to online multilingual resources across the health sector including government departments, peak health bodies, hospitals, community health centres and welfare agencies.


    The factual information on this page was compiled from:
    Health Answers (http://www.healthanswers.com) and What Is Schizophrenia? (National Mental Health Strategy)

    by people who have had experience with Schizophrenia.

    Please send us your comments and experiences with Schizophrenia to share with others.

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