Schizophrenia refers to a serious, complicated disorder of the mind that affects about one percent of the population. People who suffer from it usually have trouble with things like:
One reason schizophrenia is so complex is because mental health professionals still don't know what actually causes it. Most believe that genes play a role, though, and you are more likely to develop schizophrenia if you have a family member with the disease. Schizophrenia affects men and women equally. Symptoms usually start as a teenager or adolescent although it sometimes starts during adulthood, too. Women usually experience it later, and in a milder manner.
Childhood-onset schizophrenia may start as early as age 5, but this tends to be very rare. It is also hard to distinguish schizophrenia from other childhood developmental disorders, like autism.
This simple questionnaire is designed to help you determine if you have symptoms of disorder and could benefit from professional help.