The Horrible World of Schzophrenia

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Schizophrenia is a horrible brain disorder where people mix up what is real and what is their imagination. People with Schizophrenia hear voices in their head that aren't really there. People affected with this disease may be paranoid because they believe people are reading their minds, controlling what they think, or plotting to hurt them. Schizophrenics may not make sense when they talk or seem "crazy" to people around them. They can sit still for hours without moving and you really can't tell these people are sick until they start saying what's really on their mind.
Schizophrenia occurs in 1% of people and that percentage shoots up to 10% when a person is a direct family member of a Schizophrenic. Even aunts, uncles, grandparents, or cousins to Schizophrenics are even more likely to develop Schizophrenia than a person with no relation to a Schizophrenic. An identical twin of a Schizophrenic is at the highest risk, with a 40-65% chance of developing this disease (The National Institute of Mental Health "What is Schizophrenia?"). It is EXTREMELY uncommon for a person before 12 years old or after 40 years old to be diagnosed with Schizophrenia ("What Causes Schizophrenia?" NAMI Fact Sheet). "I estimate that 10% of people have one episode of schizophrenia and recover...To become schizophrenic in America, you have to be ill for 6 months...under ICD-10 criteria, you have to be psychotic for 1 month...10% won't need continuing psychiatric treatment to function in

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