Schizophrenia is still one of the most mysterious mental disorders in terms of human suffering and societal expenditure. It is a severe, chronic psychiatric illness characterized by delusions and hallucination, cognitive dysfunction, and negative symptoms that frequently leads to a lifetime of impairment and disability. It is a mental disorder that makes it difficult to think clearly, have normal responses to emotions, act normal in a social setting, and tell the difference between their own interpretation of reality and actual reality.
Schizophrenia is a serious disorder which affects how a person thinks, feels, and acts. Someone with schizophrenia may have difficulty distinguishing between what is real and what is imaginary, may be unresponsive or withdrawn, and may have difficulty expressing normal emotions in social situations. Contrary to popular belief, schizophrenia is not split personality or multiple personality. The vast majority of people with schizophrenia are not violent and do not pose a danger to others. They are not homeless no do they live in hospitals. Most people with schizophrenia live with family, in group homes, or even on their own. Schizophrenia is not caused by childhood experiences, poor parenting, or lack of will power, nor are the symptoms identical for each person. Research has shown that schizophrenia affects men and women equally but may have an earlier onset in males. While there is no cure for schizophrenia, research is leading to new, safer treatments.