“Schizophrenia” is a term used to describe a
complex, disabling mental illness. The
illness varies in severity from person to
person and from one time period to another.
What causes schizophrenia?
The exact cause is not yet known. Genetic
factors are involved in this illness, and it can
also be triggered by illness and highly
What are the symptoms of schizophrenia?
It is different for each person. Someone
who has it will show some or many of these
ξ Thoughts that are loose, or do not
seem to relate to one another
ξ Bizarre, withdrawn, or childish
ξ Tense feelings
ξ Decreased concentration
ξ Hearing or seeing things that others
ξ Being out of touch with reality, or
not able to tell real from unreal
ξ Delusions (beliefs that are not fully
based in reality)
ξ Emotions seem to be absent or might
seem to be the wrong ones for the
ξ Loss of function, social withdrawal,
ξ Odd speech habits such as talking to
self in public, disorganized speech
ξ Decrease in energy or drive
ξ Disrupted sleep patterns
How is it treated?
There are number of ways to treat of
schizophrenia. Treatment is often long term
and may include:
ξ Skills training
ξ Medical and
ξ Crisis Services
Is there a cure?
At this time, there is no cure for the illness.
Many people with the right treatment do
lead happy, healthy, lives. Active research
is helping to learn more about the causes and
cures for schizophrenia.
Where can I get more information?
If you have other questions, please ask your
doctor or nurse or call the Psychiatry
Inpatient Unit at (608) 263-7525.
Or in acute crisis you can call:
Journey Mental Health.
625 W. West Washington Ave
Madison WI 53703
Or for information you can call:
National Alliance on Mental Illness, Dane Co.
NAMI Dane County
2059 Atwood Avenue
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