Schizophrenia is a severe brain disorder which is characterized by hallucinations, delusions and senseless illogical thought pattern. There are equal chances for male and female to develop this mental disease. It usually shows symptoms earlier in males as compared to females. Females are likely to develop it in late 20s or early 30s while males show symptoms in teen age. Schizophrenia is not an unknown psychotic disorder this chronic brain abnormality has been disrupting the normal flow of life for many years. Human history is full of such cases happened all over the world with no discrimination of region, gender or culture. Even today 1% population in United States has been suffering from the distressing condition of being schizophrenic. People with family history of psychotic disorders are more likely to develop it than rest of the population.
People suffering from Schizophrenia hear voices, see and feel things which are not heard or felt by others present at the moment. But Schizophrenic insists upon the presence and reality of these unseen things and unheard voices. Patient also feels severe fear of being controlled by some supernatural or unseen power that is able to destroy his life or to kill him easily. Such fear and apprehension lead to agitated behavior and severe psychotic condition. Such sufferers also show difficulty in talking to others and their sentences make no sense and carry no meaning at all. This is due to their disturbed thought pattern which causes complications in expressing their views and emotions at specific moments. Due to these inabilities their social and personal life becomes partially or totally dependent upon their family or friends. Schizophrenics are not able to follow normal patterns of studies, job or business completely. Sometimes they sit in same position for several hours or even for days with no movement at all.
Apparently there seems no specific factor behind schizophrenia. A combination of factors or single one including abnormal genetic pattern, brain malfunctioning, environmental problem and birth anomalies are considered responsible for triggering schizophrenia. Moreover schizophrenia is hard to diagnose in teen age because of its common symptoms including isolation and withdrawal from reality which are taken as normal behavior of teenagers. Once diagnosed through proper diagnostic mechanism or accidentally, schizophrenics can be treated with the help of antipsychotic drugs and psychotherapy to recover the normal balance of life. Whatever the stage of severity a schizophrenic is experiencing, it must be treated properly to reduce the misery of his life and to make him able to face and cope with the symptoms of this psychotic disorder.