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Schizophrenia

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Introduction
Schizophrenia is a long-term mental health condition that causes a range of different psychological symptoms.
Symptoms of schizophrenia
Changes in thinking and behaviour are the most obvious signs of schizophrenia, but people can experience the symptoms in different ways.
Causes of schizophrenia
The exact causes of schizophrenia are unknown, but research suggests that a combination of physical, genetic, psychological and environmental factors
Diagnosing schizophrenia
There is no single test for schizophrenia. The condition is usually diagnosed after assessment by a specialist in mental health.
Treating schizophrenia
Schizophrenia is usually treated with an individually tailored combination of therapy and medication.
Living with schizophrenia
Most people with schizophrenia make a recovery, although many will experience the occasional return of symptoms (relapses).
‘I want to show people that recovery is possible’
Stuart, 43, was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia when he was 31. After a difficult time coping with depression, anxiety and paranoia he feels his
'It can get me down, to the point where I won’t go out of the house'
Delusions and voices have been a daily feature of Richard’s life for more than ten years. Despite this he recently completed a master's degree in Broadcast
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