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  1. Schizophrenia is a brain disorder that distorts the way a person thinks, acts, expresses emotions, relates to others and perceives reality.
  2. 1% of the population (2.2 million Americans) will develop schizophrenia.
  3. There are five subtypes of schizophrenia: paranoid schizophrenia, disorganized schizophrenia, catatonic schizophrenia, undifferentiated schizophrenia, and residual schizophrenia.
  4. Positive symptoms of schizophrenia include delusions, hallucinations and catatonia, which is when a person stays in a single position for a long period of time.
  5. Cognitive symptoms include trouble focusing or paying attention, and difficulty remembering.

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  1. Negative symptoms is defined as the absence of normal behaviors. This includes reduced speech and energy, lack of motivation, lack of emotion, and withdrawal from family and friends.
  2. Although the cause is unknown, this mental illness can be developed through factors such as genetics, brain chemistry, brain abnormality and environmental factors.
  3. Schizophrenia typically appears when a person is in his or her teens to early 20s.
  4. About 10% of people with schizophrenia commit suicide and are more likely to have a drug or alcohol abuse problem.
  5. Most people prefer to be left alone and are not violent.
  6. Treatments such as taking medication, participating in therapy and being hospitalized can reduce symptoms.

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    NAMI. "Facts On Schizophrenia." National Alliance on Mental Illness. Accessed April 30, 2014.

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    Healthguides MSN. "10 Things to Know About Schizophrenia." Microsoft. Accessed April 30, 2014.

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    WebMD. "Mental Health and Schizophrenia." WebMD. Accessed April 30, 2014.

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    WebMD. "Mental Health and Schizophrenia." WebMD. Accessed April 30, 2014.

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    WebMD. "Mental Health and Schizophrenia." WebMD. Accessed April 30, 2014.

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    WebMD. "Mental Health and Schizophrenia." WebMD. Accessed April 30, 2014.

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    NAMI. "Facts On Schizophrenia." National Alliance on Mental Illness. Accessed April 30, 2014.

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    NAMI. "Facts On Schizophrenia." National Alliance on Mental Illness. Accessed April 30, 2014.

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    WebMD. "Mental Health and Schizophrenia." WebMD. Accessed April 30, 2014.

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    WebMD. "Mental Health and Schizophrenia." WebMD. Accessed April 30, 2014.

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