Mental Health UK


This section covers what schizophrenia is, what the symptoms are and where you can get further information and support.

  • Schizophrenia is a mental illness that affects the way you think.

  • It affects about 1 in every 100 people.

  • Schizophrenia may develop during early adulthood.

  • You can have 'positive' and 'negative' symptoms of schizophrenia.

  • Positive symptoms are experiencing things that are not real (hallucinations) and having unusual beliefs (delusions)

  • Negative symptoms may be a lack of motivation and being withdrawn. They often last longer than positive symptoms.

  • There are different types of schizophrenia.

  • There are different causes of schizophrenia including genetics and environment.

This section covers:

  1. What is schizophrenia?

  2. What are the symptoms of schizophrenia and how is it diagnosed?

  3. What are the types of schizophrenia?

  4. What causes schizophrenia?

  5. Where can I get further information and support?


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