Mental Health Conditions: Understanding Schizophrenia

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Mental Health Conditions: Understanding Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a mental health condition that affects a person’s ability to function socially in a typical way. People with this condition may hear voices or experience paranoid or delusional thoughts, such as believing that their minds are being read or controlled. Experiences like these can cause social withdrawal, fearfulness or agitation to a severe level.

People with schizophrenia may have difficulty conveying information when they talk, may sit for hours without talking or moving, or may seem completely fine until they talk about what they’re thinking. To learn more about how this condition affects people, review this basic information about what schizophrenia is, how it’s diagnosed and how mental health professionals treat it.