What is Schizophrenia?

” Schizophrenia is a mental disorder characterized by abnormal social behavior and failure to understand what is real. Common symptoms include false beliefs, unclear or confused thinking, hearing voices that others do not hear, reduced social engagement and emotional expression, and a lack of motivation. People with schizophrenia often have additional mental health problems such as anxiety disorders, major depressive illness, or substance-use disorders. Symptoms typically come on gradually, begin in young adulthood, and last a long time.

The causes of schizophrenia are primarily genetic though some environmental factors are also involved. Possible environmental factors include being raised in a city, cannabis use during adolescence, certain infections, parental age, and poor nutrition during pregnancy. Genetic factors include a variety of common and rare genetic variants. Diagnosis is based on observed behavior, the person’s reported experiences, and reports of others familiar with the person. During diagnosis, a person’s culture must also be taken into account. As of 2013, there is no objective test.  Schizophrenia does not imply a “split personality” or “multiple personality disorder” – conditions with which it is often confused in public perception.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schizophrenia

Cecilia McGough speaks her life experience in simple and interesting words of how she has gone over this mental disorder. Watch this interesting speech.

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