By: Connor Miles
Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, disabling brain disorder. It has affected people throughout history. People with Schizophrenia may hear voices other people don't hear. May believe people want to hurt them and/or are reading their mind and controlling their thoughts. They may terrify people with the illness and/or make them very agitated. People with the illness may not make sense when they talk and may sit for hours without moving or talking. Some people with Schizophrenia may seem fine until they talk about what they are actually thinking. They interpret reality abnormally. They hallucinate a lot, have delusions, and have bizarre thinking. This disease affects actions, thinking, and how they see the world. Family members of the Schizophrenic are affected by the illness as well.
Many people with Schizophrenia may have difficulty finding a job or taking care of themselves, so they rely on others for help.
Causes: Genes and environment, Different brain chemistry and structure.
Risk: Luckily only 1% of Americans have this brain disorder, so the risk is very small.
Schizophrenia does not affect on gender more than the other, but both equally. Schizophrenia is a challenging disorder, however it can be managed.