A brain disorder in which people interpret reality abnormally
About 1% of people suffer from schizophrenia (3.2 million in America alone). Around 1.5 million people are diagnosed with schizophrenia every year. Symptoms include delusions ("false beliefs that are not based in reality") and hallucinations ("seeing or hearing things that don't exist"), as well as disorganized thought or speech, abnormal motor behavior, and lack of ability to function properly. Teenagers with schizophrenia might exhibit:
- "Withdrawal from friends and family
- A drop in performance at school
- Trouble sleeping
- Irritability or depressed mood
- Lack of motivation"
There is no permanent "cure" for schizophrenia, but schizophrenia can be treated with the right medical care. Antipsychotic medications are often prescribed to people with schizophrenia. These along with "psychosocial interventions" such as therapy, rehabilitation, and social skills training can help people with schizophrenia manage their condition. To get treatment for schizophrenia, talk to a doctor! They can help you find the right medication and therapy you need. For more information, you can use these websites:
Are you at risk?
Check this graph if you are related to someone with schizophrenia to see if you are at risk.