Schizophrenia is a mental illness that affects the way a person thinks. Schizophrenia affects around 1 in 100 people and can only be diagnosed by a psychiatrist.

There are different types of schizophrenia. You can find out more about these at Rethink Mental Illness.

What are some of the symptoms of schizophrenia? 

Symptoms of schizophrenia can include:

  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions, including paranoia
  • Confused thoughts and feelings
  • Withdrawal from family and friends
  • Extreme lack of interest
  • Loss of motivation

What's it like to live with schizophrenia?

Some people may find that symptoms start suddenly, while for others they can come on over a longer period of time. Everyone’s experience of schizophrenia will be unique, but people with schizophrenia may find that they:

  • struggle with day-to-day activities, like attending work or college, or looking after themselves
  • become confused, upset or suspicious of other people or groups of people.
  • feel scared and unable to ask for help

Lots of people with a diagnosis of schizophrenia have shared their experiences in our stories section.

Where can I find out more?

Visit the Rethink Mental Illness website to find out more about schizophrenia, including information on diagnosis, symptoms, treatment and recovery.

You can also find information about schizophrenia on Mind's website. 

Personal stories about schizophrenia

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