You may have heard about schizophrenia in passing, but do you know what that means? Schizophrenia is a long-term and serious mental health issue which impacts a person’s thoughts, feelings, and actions.
Symptoms of schizophrenia generally start between the ages of 16 and 30. These symptoms can go from “losing touch” with reality to changes in memory and other aspects of thought.
Below are more symptoms:
• Hearing, seeing, feeling, smelling, or even tasting things that are not real• Believing things that are not real (thinking you are being followed)• Sudden and restless body movements
• Trouble using what is learned right after learning it • Trouble making up their mind• Trouble focusing or paying attention
What can cause schizophrenia?There isn’t one cause for schizophrenia. Among genetic makeup and connection issues in the brain between birth and puberty, the cause of schizophrenia and combinations that cause it are still unknown. Below are a few things that play a role in schizophrenia.
How can I help someone I know with schizophrenia?Caring for and supporting a loved one with schizophrenia can be hard. It can be tough to know how to react to someone whose symptoms you may not fully understand.
Do you have any further questions about schizophrenia or any other mental health conditions? Reach out to us at BHQualityImprovement@bcbsil.com
ReferenceNational Institute of Mental Health
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