Schizophrenia Resources and Clinical Trials on Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia is a chronic, serious illness of the brain. It affects approximately one percent of the population and can be very frightening for sufferers and their loved ones. Symptoms usually begin in adolescence or early adulthood and often include psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations (hearing internal voices or seeing things that are not really there) and delusions (strong, incorrect personal beliefs such as believing that people are trying to control you or paranoid thoughts). These symptoms can be terrifying for the sufferer and often leave them with feelings of fear, anxiety and confusion.
Schizophrenia can also result in disordered speech and behaviour - sometimes making the individual impossible to understand or fearful to others.
Often, the onset of the disease is shocking to friends and family who remember the individual as involved and vivacious and they cannot understand the sudden shift to withdrawal and obvious mood differences.
The single cause of schizophrenia is not yet understood, but it is known to run in families so genetic and physiological factors are thought to be involved.
Treatment is available and can relieve many of the most disturbing symptoms. Unfortunately, most people will continue to experience some symptoms of the disease for their entire lives.