Schizophrenia is a disorder of the brain that can cause delusions, hallucinations and confused thinking.
These symptoms typically come on gradually in the late teens or early twenties.
The symptoms can be so severe as to make it difficult for people with schizophrenia to go to work or school, maintain relationships or take care of themselves properly.
The causes of schizophrenia are not yet well understood.
Research suggests that a combination of genetic and environmental factors are at play, including the use of certain drugs.
Individuals with an identical twin who has schizophrenia have a 50% chance of developing it themselves.
People with schizophrenia may experience some combination of delusions, hallucinations and disorganized speech.
One of the most common delusions is the belief that others are conspiring against them.
Hallucinations occur in more than 50% of people with schizophrenia and can take many forms, including hearing voices or seeing visions.
Individuals with this disorder often have trouble organizing their thoughts into coherent sentences or maintaining a steady train of thought.
There are many medications that may be able to help with symptoms of schizophrenia.
It is important to work with a mental health expert on the best treatment option for your symptoms.