About Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a complicated mental illness that can transform the way we understand ourselves and the world around us. And it may feel like nothing will be the same again.

But there are things that can help. A combination of medicine and other kinds of support can help control some symptoms.

What causes schizophrenia?

Although the physical cause of schizophrenia is unknown, it is believed that imbalances
between chemicals in the brain is the cause.

These chemicals, known as "neurotransmitters," are dopamine, serotonin, and glutamate.
Schizophrenia can result from abnormal interactions between these chemicals.

What schizophrenia may feel like

It's important to remember that each person may experience schizophrenia symptoms in a
different way. For example, some people feel:

  • Confused about what is real

  • Less able to share or show feelings

  • Have a hard time thinking clearly or making sense of information

See below for list of common schizophrenia symptoms

No matter how schizophrenia
makes you feel, you are not alone.

What does schizophrenia look like?

Learn about schizophrenia symptoms:


Unusual thoughts or beliefs


Hearing, seeing, smelling or feeling things that aren't there


Thinking unseen forces are trying to harm you

What can help?

We understand that living with schizophrenia can feel overwhelming. And if you're a caregiver,
it may be hard to know what to do. Thankfully, many symptoms can be helped with the right
treatment and support.

Start by talking to your doctor and healthcare team.

Be open with them. The more you share, the better they can help you find a treatment plan that works for you, even if you're already taking a medicine.

What about side effects?

  • You may have side effects from some medications, so your healthcare provider may have you try several different medications before finding the one that works best

  • So if a side effect is bothering you, tell your healthcare provider. They may want to change your medication

  • Finding the right medication is important, and following your healthcare provider's instructions can help you manage your schizophrenia

Ready to start the discussion with your doctor?

This personalized guide can help you get ready for your next discussion.


Ask your healthcare provider about CAPLYTA, a once‑daily medicine for schizophrenia in adults. CAPLYTA has been proven to reduce the overall severity of schizophrenia.

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