Schizophrenia is an illness that affects the normal functioning of the brain, where your thinking, feelings and behaviours are affected.
Some of the symptoms you may experience include:
Confused thinking and jumbled thoughts that do not link up
If not treated, these symptoms will likely persist or recur.
Causes of schizophrenia are not fully understood. However, the development of schizophrenia is often a result of an interaction of factors that include:
Environmental factors and stress
If you display some of the symptoms described above, please see a mental health professional for an assessment. The two-pronged approach to treatment is:
Find out more information from:
I Hear Voices
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Recovery from Schizophrenia
Singapore Association for Mental Health
Schizophrenia is commonly misunderstood to mean that affected persons have a split personality, due largely to the misconstrued portrayal in movies and on TV. An example is Jim Carrey's character in "Me, Myself and Irene". However, when you have schizophrenia, you do not change between distinct multiple personalities. Instead, you may hear voices (hallucination) and may think that such voices are distinct personalities. Other possible symptoms include disjointed or bizarre thoughts. As such, schizophrenia is different from having split personality.
Most of the time, the onset of symptoms of schizophrenia occurs during late adolescence or early adulthood.
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