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Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a brain disorder that usually appears in your 20s and makes it difficult to distinguish between the real and unreal. Because of this, it can be difficult to think clearly, relate to others and manage your emotions. You may start to hear or see things that do not exist, believe that others are trying to harm you, or feel like you are constantly being watched.

Typical signs of Schizophrenia include:
  • Hearing or seeing things that don't exist
  • Delusions
  • Hallucinations
  • Disorganized speech
  • Lack of emotions, enthusiasm or interest
  • Social withdrawal
  • Paranoia or depression

Schizophrenia is believed to be hereditary, but can also be brought on by environmental factors such as high levels of stress. Many people with schizophrenia develop problems with drugs and alcohol, and are at high risk of suicide. Symptoms can be managed with the help of health professionals. Seek treatment at your student health center, psychologist or psychiatrist.