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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?
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What do other people living with Schizophrenia have to say?
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
NHS Choices - Hallucinations and hearing voices
NHS Choices – Psychosis
NHS Choices – Schizophrenia
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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]