Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia

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Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a severe, lifelong brain disorder. People who have it may hear voices, see things that aren’t there or believe that others are reading or controlling their minds. In men, symptoms usually start in the late teens and early 20s. They include hallucinations, or seeing things, and delusions such as hearing voices. For women, they start in the mid-20s to early 30s. Other symptoms include 

  • Unusual thoughts or perceptions 
  • Disorders of movement 
  • Difficulty speaking and expressing emotion 
  • Problems with attention, memory and organization 

No one is sure what causes schizophrenia, but your genetic makeup and brain chemistry probably play a role. Medicines can relieve many of the symptoms, but it can take several tries before you find the right drug. You can reduce relapses by staying on your medicine for as long as your doctor recommends. With treatment, many people improve enough to lead satisfying lives. 

NIH: National Institute of Mental Health 

For more information, go to http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/schizophrenia-listing.shtml  

 
 To schedule an appointment please call (814) 664-7761. 

If you need emergency mental health services, contact Crisis Services at (814) 456-2014 and/or to go to the local emergency room for assessment. Life-saving assistance in emergency situations can be obtained from the Fire Department, Police Department, or Emergency Medical Services by dialing 911. You can also dial 988 for the Suicide and Crisis hotline.