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What is it

People with schizophrenia experience things in a way that doesn’t match up to the way other people experience reality.

For example, they may see things other people don’t see, hear things that other people don’t hear, or believe things that other people don’t think are true. 

People with schizophrenia do not have a ‘split personality’ and having schizophrenia does not mean that people are dangerous or violent. 

Feelings and behaviours

  • Hallucinations – seeing, feeling, smelling or hearing things that aren’t there
  • Delusions, where you ‘just know’ things that seem unreal to other people, for example, believing that there’s a conspiracy (secret plan) against you
  • Having difficulty concentrating
  • Not being able to separate your thoughts
  • Feeling like you’re being controlled by something outside yourself
  • Not feeling like you can manage everyday activities like washing, dressing, or seeing friends

Physical signs

  • Changes in your personal hygiene or appearance
  • Wanting to avoid people, including friends
  • Wanting to avoid situations

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