Schizophrenia is a mystery, a puzzle with missing pieces. This complex biochemical brain disorder affects a person’s ability to determine what is reality and what is not. It is as though the brain sends perceptions along the wrong path, leading to the wrong conclusion. People with schizophrenia are affected by delusions (fixed false beliefs that can be terrifying to the person experiencing them), hallucinations (sensory experiences, such as hearing voices talking about them when there is no one there), social withdrawal and disturbed thinking.
Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness. One of the biggest myths around the illness is that it isn’t treatable. With the right supports, people can work or volunteer, be active in their own care, and contribute to their communities.
Treatment & Care
Schizophrenia treatment involves medications and therapy to reduce the risk of future psychotic episodes and improve relationships. Read on to learn your options.
This overview looks at schizophrenia medications and their side effects. Learn what you should watch for.
If you or someone you love has schizophrenia, you know that keeping up with medicine makes all the difference. But there’s a catch: A lot of folks quit their meds. Sometimes they just forget to take them. Or they may think they’re now well enough that they don’t need them anymore. That’s where long-lasting drugs can help. You only need to take them as a shot once or twice a month.
Through therapy, people can develop social and work skills to improve their lives and relationships. Learn more about the benefits of therapy.
ECT is often misunderstood, but it’s highly effective for certain types of schizophrenia. Read more about this therapy