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Schizophrenia is a type of psychotic disorder and is a severe long-term mental health condition.

A person with schizophrenia may not always be able to distinguish their own thoughts and ideas from reality. Some people think schizophrenia causes a "split personality" or violent behaviour. This is not true. The cause of any violent behaviour is usually substance use.

Symptoms of schizophrenia include:

  • Hallucinations – hearing or seeing things that don't exist
  • Delusions – unusual beliefs not based on reality 
  • Muddled thoughts based on hallucinations or delusions
  • Changes in behaviour

If someone is experiencing symptoms of schizophrenia, it is important they see their GP as soon as possible. If they already have a diagnosis of schizophrenia they will usually be working with a mental health professional and may carry a crisis card or similar with emergency contact numbers.

As with most conditions the earlier schizophrenia is treated, the better. You can find more information from NHS Choices.

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