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.
We cannot offer treatment options ourselves but if you would like to speak to us about options available, please complete our application form.
Useful people to talk to:
SANEline is a national mental health helpline offering specialist emotional support, guidance and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including family, friends and carers. They are open every day of the year from 4:30pm to 10:30pm.
Mind can provide confidential information on a range of topics including types of mental distress, where to get help, drug and alternative treatments and advocacy. With information for local areas as well. Their infoline is open 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday.