Schizophrenia and psychosis
Schizophrenia can cause people to have abnormal experiences, such as hallucinations or delusions. Some people may experience a loss of emotions, may withdraw to the extent that they don’t take care of themselves adequately. It affects about one in every 100 people, and most commonly starts between the ages of 15 and 35. With early and effective treatment, many people with schizophrenia will live a stable life, work and have relationships.
Antipsychotic medications can help about four in every five people with schizophrenia, as long as it is taken regularly. Psychological treatments, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and/or Family Therapy can be effective in helping people and their families to cope better with the illness.