Schizophrenia is a chronic and severe mental disorder affecting more than 23 million people worldwide.(1)
- Schizophrenia is a psychosis, a type of mental illness characterized by distortions in thinking, perception, emotions, language, sense of self and behavior. Common experiences include:
- Hallucination: hearing, seeing or feeling things that are not there.
- Delusion: fixed false beliefs or suspicions not shared by others in the person’s culture and that are firmly held even when there is evidence to the contrary.
- Abnormal Behavior: disorganized behavior such as wandering aimlessly, mumbling or laughing to self, strange appearance, self-neglect or appearing unkempt
- Disorganized speech; incoherent or irrelevant speech
- Disturbances of emotions: marked apathy or disconnect between reported emotion and what is observed such as facial expression or body language (1).
- Schizophrenia is associated with a severe disability and can affect educational and vocational outcomes (1).
- Schizophrenia can be effectively treated with medication and psychosocial support(1).