is a chronic, severe, and disabling brain disorder that has
affected people throughout history. About 1 percent of Americans
have this illness.
with the disorder may hear voices other people don't hear. They
may believe other people are reading their minds, controlling
their thoughts, or plotting to harm them. This can terrify
people with the illness and make them withdrawn or extremely
with schizophrenia may not make sense when they talk. They may
sit for hours without moving or talking. Sometimes people with
schizophrenia seem perfectly fine until they talk about what
they are really thinking.
and society are affected by schizophrenia too. Many people with
schizophrenia have difficulty holding a job or caring for
themselves, so they rely on others for help.
relieve many symptoms of schizophrenia, but most people who have
the disorder cope with symptoms throughout their lives. However,
many people with schizophrenia can lead rewarding and meaningful
lives in their communities. Researchers are developing more
effective medications and using new research tools to understand
the causes of schizophrenia. In the years to come, this work may
help prevent and better treat the illness.