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More information about schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a long-term mental illness, which usually develops during a person's teens or twenties. The symptoms of schizophrenia can sometimes appear very strong, and at other times can be more manageable. It can be very effectively treated with medications.

People with schizophrenia do not have multiple personalities. They have one stable personality, but their thinking is disordered and it can be hard for them to tell what is real and what is imaginary.

Many people think people with schizophrenia are dangerous, but that is not usually true. Most people with schizophrenia pose no more risk than people without schizophrenia do.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. April 2016.

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