Schizophrenia is a disorder where an individual experiences recurrent episodes of psychotic behavior.
Schizophrenia is a disorder where an individual experiences recurrent episodes of psychotic behavior. The individual will typically suffer from hallucinations in the form of voices and suffer from paranoia. Schizophrenia develops over time usually during adolescence and early adulthood.
Common symptoms of schizophrenia include:
- Difficulty with decision making
- Hearing voices that are not real
- Incoherent speech
- Intense suspicion of others and surrounding environment
- Seeing things or people that are not real
Causes and Risks
There are certain risk factors that can lead to schizophrenia including:
- Emotional trauma
- Family history of schizophrenia
- Physical trauma
- Substance abuse
- Traumatic brain injury
Schizophrenia can be treated. A licensed clinician will determine the best treatment options for you. Treatments for schizophrenia include:
- Medication Management: A licensed clinician can prescribe medication to manage the symptoms of schizophrenia.
- Therapy: Therapy and counseling can help treat schizophrenia. There are several different types of therapy and a licensed clinician will identify which are the most effective for you.