Schizophrenia affects approximately 1% of people over the course of their lifetime and usually begins prior to age 25.
- Delusions: Belief in something that is not true, even when confronted with proof
- Hallucinations: Hearing, seeing, or otherwise sensing something that is not actually happening
- Other symptoms:
- Disorganized thinking or speech that is difficult to understand or follow
- Abnormal movement (repetitive or strange movements) or lack of movement (completely rigid)
- Lack of emotions
- Loss of goal-directed or purposeful activity
- Loss of speech
- Loss of pleasure
- Lack of interest in social interaction
- These symptoms often develop slowly over time, and prevent you from being able to do well at school, at work, or in your relationships and are not due to an obvious cause.
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