Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a life-long condition that can be treated but does not have a cure. It is a devastating mental disorder that typically begins in early adulthood. Symptoms include hallucinations, distorted thoughts, odd behaviors/speech, social withdrawal or a reduced ability to function in society. Most people with schizophrenia suffer chronically or episodically throughout their lives, losing opportunities for careers and relationships. They often are stigmatized by lack of public understanding about the disease. Schizophrenia affects 1.1% or 2 million people in this country and occurs more frequently in men than women.

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