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Schizophrenia is a long-term and serious mental health issue. It impacts a person’s thoughts, feelings and actions.
Warning signs often set between the ages of 16 and 30. See below for common signs and what they look like.
“Losing touch” with reality
Changes to normal feelings and actions
Changes in memory and thinking
There isn’t one cause. It may involve genetic makeup and changes in the brain between birth and puberty. These things play a role:
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 grasp.
Help them see a mental health provider who may suggest one or more of these:
Do you have any further questions about schizophrenia or any other mental health conditions? Reach out to us at BHQualityImprovement@bcbsil.com
Originally published 7/31/2018; Revised 2020, 2022
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