What does schizophrenia mean to you?
To many people, schizophrenia means having hallucinations (for example, hearing or seeing things that aren’t there)123 and delusions (beliefs that are not based in reality3). They may also know that schizophrenia can involve having a thought disorder (for example, difficulty organizing thoughts1 and speech2) or changes in behavior.3
But schizophrenia can present other challenges too, including poor self-esteem,4 avoiding people,5 lack of emotional expression,56 lack of motivation,136 not talking much, and an inability to enjoy life.7 These can be called the ‘negative symptoms’ of schizophrenia. Read about the negative symptoms.
Are you affected by schizophrenia? Do you have schizophrenia or do you know someone who has the condition?
Around one in every hundred people will develop schizophrenia at some time in their life.1 Most often, it develops between the ages of 15 and 35.18 Schizophrenia is a complex mental disorder that changes the way a person thinks,3 feels,9 behaves3 and perceives the world and themselves.3 So it affects how they understand, experience and act.3 It isn’t easy to describe or understand schizophrenia. What’s more, it’s a condition about which there are some widely held misconceptions.10