What is Schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia symptoms include not seeing reality correctly and experiencing nonexistent sight and sounds. Often, schizophrenia leads to false, delusional beliefs about oneself or another because it interferes with one’s behavior, thinking, and feeling. People with schizophrenia may struggle with focusing, controlling emotions, decision-making, and having frequent motivations. These symptoms can lead to unusual anxiety, emotionlessness, or avoiding social situations.

It is unknown what causes schizophrenia. Genetics, brain chemistry and structure, stress, and psychoactive drugs, such as LSD, may influence the development of the disorder. Changes in body chemistry may also play a role during puberty.

Certain viruses (influenza and rubella) can cause brain development problems in fetuses that can cause schizophrenia. Genital or reproductive infections in the mother during conception may raise the chance of a child getting schizophrenia later in life.

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