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Schizophrenia is a severe disturbance in thinking, behaviour and emotions. It is characterised by psychotic symptoms which vary from person to person. They may see things or hear voices that others don't, which can be very distressing, and they may have delusions and talk in a way which others can't understand. A person may lose their ability to take care of themselves and perform daily tasks. Or, they may not show their usual range of emotions and become so disorganised in their thinking so that working or studying is impossible while they are acutely unwell. Symptoms are most likely to emerge between the ages of 15 and 25 and there is no single cause of the illness. Treatments are improving and involve medication and counselling and perhaps hospitalisation. While schizophrenia can be debilitating, improvement and recovery are possible.

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