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.
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
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
Feelings of sadness, emptiness, and isolation
Not being able to show or share your feelings
Not enjoying the things you normally would
Going out of your way not to speak or be with others
Being less able to express yourself with your body or voice
Being less able to figure out what's going on around you
Trouble carrying on a conversation
Being unable to concentrate on basic tasks
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.
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
Following your healthcare provider's instructions can help you manage your schizophrenia
Ready to start the discussion with your doctor?
This guide can help you get ready for your next visit.