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What causes schizophrenia?

No one knows exactly what causes schizophrenia. Experts believe it is caused by an imbalance of certain chemicals in the brain. It is also believed that there is no known single cause, and that genetics and environment may play a role.

Who is affected by schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia can affect anyone. It is a chronic brain disorder that affects about 1% of the US population or 2.4 million adults in a given year, and more than 24 million people worldwide. It affects men and women equally. Men may start having symptoms in their early to mid 20s. Women may start having symptoms in their late 20s.

On a personal level, if you or someone you love is living with schizophrenia, you probably already know about the challenges of the illness: how it affects your life, how it makes you feel, and how it impacts your relationships with those around you.

Can the symptoms of schizophrenia be treated?

Yes, the symptoms of schizophrenia are treatable. The most successful keys to treatment are a combination of taking your medication as prescribed, psychosocial counseling, a strong support system and a healthy lifestyle.

Talk to your doctor to find out more about schizophrenia.

To learn more about another treatment option for schizophrenia, click here.