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Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a mental health condition that can influence the way you think and can alter how you might live your day-to-day life.

It’s quite common and can affect 1 in 100 people.

Schizophrenia can develop when someone is a young adult, when they may experience the ‘prodromal phase’ which is characterised by a change in sleep, emotions, motivation and the ability to think and communicate.

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My first symptom of schizophrenia was pretty much just zoning out, thinking I was in a different place. Then, it turned into kind of voices in my head. They just plagued me over and over again. I thought my mother was trying to hurt me. I didn’t know what to do about anything, because I thought everyone had it out for me. So I didn’t know who to go to for help.

It is not completely known what causes someone to have schizophrenia, and it’s probably due to several things rather than just one thing.

It is believed that brain chemistry, genetics and birth complications can contribute to schizophrenia. There is also the idea that trauma and stressful events can play a part.

Research shows a strong link between the use of cannabis and the development of schizophrenia.