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Learning About Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness characterized by incoherent or illogical thoughts, bizarre behavior and speech, and delusions or hallucinations such as hearing voices. Schizophrenia typically begins in early adulthood.

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders include schizophrenia, other psychotic disorders and schizotypal (personality) disorder. They are defined by abnormalities in one or more of the following five domains:

  • Delusions
  • Hallucinations
  • Disorganized thinking (speech)
  • Grossly disorganized or abnormal motor behavior (including catatonia)
  • Negative symptoms

While no one knows the exact cause of schizophrenia, many researchers believe a combination of genetic, neurobiological, psychological and environmental factors contribute into the development of schizophrenia.

If you think you or someone you know may have schizophrenia, contact us for a confidential, no-cost psychiatric assessment.

For more information on schizophrenia, please visit the American Psychological Association.

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Talking with one of our mental health professionals could help answer your questions and identify how we may be able to help you or your loved one. We offer no-cost, confidential assessments 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 512-544-5253. If you are currently experiencing an emergency, please dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.