Schizophrenia is a group of psychotic disorders that interfere with thinking and mental or emotional responsiveness. It is a disease of the brain. The term schizophrenia, which means "split mind," was first used in 1911 by Swiss psychiatrist Eugen Bleuler to categorize patients whose thought processes and emotional responses seemed disconnected. Despite its name, the condition does not cause a split personality.
Types of Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia includes the following subtypes:
Nine things you should know about schizophrenia
Schizophrenia is hard to diagnose because the person exhibits symptoms of all mental illnesses at one point or another: depression, mania, anxiety, confusion, and some form of hallucinations or thought insertions. One study showed it typically takes 8.5 years to arrive at a diagnosis, which is a disservice to the person who is often left alone and without community support or effective treatment. Read more...