What Is Schizophrenia? | Mood Disorders
This effects your brain mostly. It distorts your perception of reality. You may hear voices, or see things. You may feel as if someone is out to get you. It just depends.
Schizophrenia usually starts developing from age 15-20. It usually gets worse from there, especially if it is not treated.
Schizo is genetic. If you have someone in your family with this mental disorder, that doesn't guarantee you will have it. It's still very rare. But there is still a chance. It also has links to being environmental. Poor prenatal care has something to do with getting schizophrenia.
Treatment for schizo involves very intense therapy along with many medications. The therapy can be one on one, or can be in social groups. All have been deemed pretty effective. There is no solid cure. It is just important to stay consistent with your treatment.
After having schizophrenia for 10 years, 5% of people die. Most typically from suicide.
Vincent Van Gogh was diagnosed with schizophrenia. He actually had bipolar disorder to go along with it. It was diagnosed as he went to therapy throughout the years. People began to notice not all of his work is super realistic. There are theories that some of that is because of the schizo he had to deal with. Some even say that's why some of his colors were distorted.
Van Gogh committed suicide at age 37, which is completely linked to the depression that came through schizo and bipolar disorder.