Schizophrenia affects thinking, feeling and behaviour and will affect about 1 in 100 people, it is most likely to start between the ages of 15 and 35.
Many people with schizophrenia will never need to go into hospital. They can continue to work, have relationships and lead a stable life.
Symptoms of schizophrenia include a range of things including:
Hallucinations: hearing, smelling, feeling or seeing something that other’s can’t.
Delusions: having beliefs about things that other people find strange.
Difficulty thinking: Finding it hard to concentrate or focus on one thing. Other people may find it hard to understand you.
Feeling something is controlling you: feeling that your thoughts are vanishing, or not your own. Feeling that your body is being controlled by something or someone else.
These symptoms can be scary for the person experiencing them and the people around them.
Find out more:
Rethink: a useful website with information about recovery.
Sane: a national charity and helpline.
Hearing Voices Network: a local organisation offering support and understanding to voice hearers.
If you are worried about yourself, or someone close to you, it is worth discussing your concerns with your GP. For services in Manchester click here.