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Can anyone get schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is not rare. Anyone can get schizophrenia.

Some general facts about schizophrenia

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Schizophrenia is found all over the world. It is found in all races, in all cultures and in all social classes.

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Schizophrenia affects 1 person out of every 100 people in the world.

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Schizophrenia is a MEDICAL illness.

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Treatment for schizophrenia works!

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Even though there is no cure for schizophrenia, it can be controlled, usually with medication. Many people with schizophrenia are able to live happy, independent, and productive lives.

When do people get schizophrenia?

Anyone can get schizophrenia.  But you are more likely to get schizophrenia if someone in your family has it.  But, having a family member with schizophrenia does not mean you will get it. Many other things besides genetics are involved.

Who gets schizophrenia?

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About 1 percent of all people have schizophrenia.

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About percent of all people have schizoaffective bipolar disorder.

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Anyone can get schizophrenia at any time, but it is more common in people who have family members with the disease.

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Men tend to get schizophrenia earlier than woman.

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Schizophrenia affects the same number of women as men.

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The average age at which schizophrenia starts is 20 in men and 25 in women.

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It is rare to get schizophrenia before age 16 or after 45.

Schizophrenia in children is uncommon

It is hard to recognize schizophrenia in its early phases. The behavior of adolescents with schizophrenia may differ from that of adults with this illness. Specialists look for several of the following early warning signs in youngsters with schizophrenia:

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Seeing things and hearing voices which are not real. These are called hallucinations.

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Odd and peculiar behavior, and/or speech, such as using made up words or talking with friends who no one else can see.

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Unusual or bizarre thoughts and ideas.

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Confusing television and dreams with reality.

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Confused thinking.

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Extreme moodiness.

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Ideas that people are "out to get them," or talking about them.

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Behaving like a very young child.

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Severe anxiety and fearfulness.

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Difficulty relating to children their own age, and keeping friends.

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Withdrawn and increased isolation, always keeping to themselves.

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Decline in personal hygiene.

Learn more about schizophrenia, what causes it and who gets it.