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Welcome to our Schizophrenia self-help page. Here we will explore what schizophrenia it, what causes it, treatment and support available and provide advice for family and friends

What is Schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is a mental health condition which is characterised by a range of symptoms such as:

         Hallucinations; seeing or hearing things which other people cannot

         Delusions; strong beliefs which are not based on reality

         Confused thoughts caused by hallucinations and delusions

         Changes in behaviour and/or speech patterns

It is estimated that between 1 in 100 people during the course of their lifetime will experience schizophrenia. Most cases of schizophrenia are diagnosed between 15 and 35 years old. The precise cause of schizophrenia remains unknown, although many professionals believe that it is caused by a combination of environmental and genetic factors.

Click below to explore the ‘understanding schizophrenia’ booklet


How does Schizoaffective Disorder differ from Schizophrenia?

If you have schizoaffective disorder, you have schizophrenia in addition to either bipolar disorder, or depression.

Click the picture below to access the “understanding schizoaffective disorder” booklet 

What do other people living with Schizophrenia have to say?

Misty shares her battle with schizophrenia and depression

Stephen discusses living with Schizophrenia for 30 years and what the diagnosis means for him  


Useful Contacts

Hearing Voices Network

Overview: Information and support for people who hear voices 
Telephone: 01142 718210 


Overview: International community for people who hear voices 

Rethink Mental Illness

Overview: Information, advice and support for anyone experiencing mental health problems 

NHS Choices - Hallucinations and hearing voices

Website: www.nhs.uk

NHS Choices Psychosis

Website: www.nhs.uk

NHS Choices Schizophrenia 

Website: www.nhs.uk


Nhs.uk. (2016). Schizophrenia - Symptoms - NHS Choices. [online] Available at: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Schizophrenia/Pages/Symptomsx [Accessed 10 Oct. 2016]

Mind.org.uk. (2016). Schizophrenia | Mind, the mental health charity - help for mental health problems. [online] Available at: http://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/schizophrenia/#.V_wMK-UwjIU [Accessed 10 Oct. 2016]

Mind.org.uk. (2016). Diagnosis | Mind, the mental health charity - help for mental health problems. [online] Available at: http://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/schizoaffective-disorder/diagnosis/#.V_wMeOUwjIU [Accessed 10 Oct. 2016]

YouTube. (2016). Sometimes (I'm schizoaffective)/All Of The Time (I'm human). [online] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=M3_hny4GFlY [Accessed 10 Oct. 2016]

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