Schizophrenia

A Disease

What Is Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a mental disorder of a type involving a breakdown in the relation between thought, emotion and behavior.

Causes

Usually Schizophrenia runs in families. The illness occurs in 1 percent of the general population, but it occurs in 10 percent of people who have a first-degree relative with the disorder, such as a parent, brother, or sister. People who have second-degree relatives (aunts, uncles, grandparents, or cousins) with the disease also develop schizophrenia more often than the general population. The risk is highest for an identical twin of a person with schizophrenia. He or she has a 40 to 65 percent chance of developing the disorder.

What types of Schizophrenia are there?

There are types of Schizophrenia where you are delusional, where you have disorganized speech, strange behavior and withdrawn and lifeless.