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Schizophrenia is a disease of the brain charachterized by disturbed thinking, strange behavior, and inappropriate emotional expression. It is the most disabling of all mental illnesses.
People who suffer from untreated schizophrenia have increasing difficulty with work, home, school, and social functioning. This illness affects people of all ages, races and economic levels. The affected individual withdraws and isolates themselves in an attempt to cope with symtoms that are very frightening and confusing. Family and friends are also alarmed at the unexplained changes in behavior and are uncertain how to help.
Schizophrenia usually begins between the late teens and mid-thirties. Incidents prior to the teen years are rare. The disease waxes and wanes in some persons that remain relativily stable. Other less fortunate individuals experience an increased worsening of symtoms which can lead to severe disability.
Signs of Schizophrenia can include:
Loss and Grief
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Oppossitional Defiant Disorder
Post Partum Depression
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
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