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is a severe and debilitating brain and behavior disorder affecting how one thinks, feels and acts. People with schizophrenia can have trouble distinguishing reality from fantasy, expressing and managing normal emotions and making decisions.
suchas hallucinations and delusions usually start between
ages 16 and 30. Men tend to experience symptoms earlier than women. Most of the
time, people do not get schizophrenia after age 45. Schizophrenia rarely occurs
in children, but awareness of childhood-onset schizophrenia is increasing.
There are several factors that
contribute to the risk of developing schizophrenia.
- Brain chemistry
- Brain structure
- Brain development
Scientists believe that many different genes may increase the risk of
schizophrenia development, but that no single gene causes the disorder by
itself. It is not yet possible to use genetic information to predict who will
develop schizophrenia. Scientists also think that interactions between genes
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