Schizophrenia is a complex mental illness
which affects how people think, feel and behave.
People with schizophrenia often experience hallucinations, such
as hearing voices. Some people have delusions, where they believe
things that are not true. Their speech and behaviour may appear
muddled and illogical, and they may stop taking care of
Schizophrenia usually develops when people are young: between 15
and 35. Some people will have only one period of being unwell,
while others will have episodes throughout their lifetime.
Many people with schizophrenia will have long periods of feeling
There are a lot of myths about schizophrenia. Many people
believe that it is a 'split personality', or that people with
schizophrenia are violent and must be treated in hospital.
None of these are true. Most people with schizophrenia are able
to live satisfying and fulfilling lives in the community, although
this sometimes involves support or medication.
If you think you, or someone you know, has schizophrenia, it is
important to get medical help. There is a lot of evidence that
getting good treatment, as early as possible, offers the best
chance of recovery.