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Schizophrenia

About Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a long-term mental health condition that causes a range of different psychological symptoms, including:

  • hallucinations – hearing or seeing things that do not exist
  • delusions – unusual beliefs not based on reality that often contradict the evidence
  • muddled thoughts based on hallucinations or delusions
  • changes in behaviour

Doctors often describe schizophrenia as a psychotic illness. This means sometimes a person may not be able to distinguish their own thoughts and ideas from reality.

Read more about the symptoms of schizophrenia.

Why does schizophrenia happen?

The exact cause of schizophrenia is unknown. However, most experts believe the condition is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

It is thought certain things make you more vulnerable to developing schizophrenia, and certain situations can trigger the condition.

Read more about the causes of schizophrenia.