Schizophrenia - Practical Solutions for Psychosis, Hallucinations, and Related Issues

schizophreniaSchizophrenia is a severe brain disorder that is classified by the hearing of voices that other people don’t hear and/or having hallucinations. Often, these false voices are interpreted as other people trying to read the mind or control the mind of the schizophrenic individual. These voices often tell them to do things they do not want to do, causing the schizophrenic individual to act out because he or she feels terrified.  A schizophrenic individual will have times when the voices are quieter and appear typical, but will have episodes when the voices increase and become more difficult to manage. 
Schizophrenia often begins to appear during adolescence and progresses if untreated.  New brain research has been very helpful recently to understanding this disorder better and newly designed treatments that are more effective than what historically has been medication only treatments.

Schizophrenia is a complex mental disorder that makes it difficult to:

  • Tell the difference between real and unreal experiences
  • Think logically
  • Have normal emotional responses,
  • Behave normally in social situations
  • Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Schizophrenia is a complex illness. Mental health experts are not sure what causes it.

  • However, genetic factors appear to play a role.
  • Certain environmental events may trigger schizophrenia in people who are genetically at risk for it.
  • You are more likely to develop schizophrenia if you have a family member with the disease.

Schizophrenia affects both men and women equally. It usually begins in the teen years or young adulthood, but may begin later in life. It tends to begin later in women, and is more mild. Childhood-onset schizophrenia begins after age 5. Childhood schizophrenia is rare and can be difficult to tell apart from other developmental disorders of childhood, such as autism.