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Schizophrenic disorders are normally characterized by fundamental and distinctive disorders in thinking, perception and emotional life and is often accompanied by psychotic symptoms such as delusions and hallucinations. The term 'schizophrenia' comes from the words 'schizo' and 'phrenia' meaning split and mind.

What is schizophrenia?

When suffering from schizophrenia, your mental activity, emotional life and sometimes movements are affected. The illness is characterized by dramatic changes in behaviour and thoughts, often with delusions and hallucinations too. The illness makes it difficult to determine what is real and what’s not.


When you suffer from schizophrenia, you might hear or see things that others don’t. Perhaps you’ll experience strange and alarming thoughts.

Schizophrenia can be divided into different types, according to which symptoms are the most pronounced, for example paranoid schizophrenia, which is dominated by delusions and simple schizophrenia. Simple schizophrenia is characterized by negative symptoms, behavioural disorders and impaired ability to function socially. The negative symptoms are, for instance, loss of initiative, passivity, lethargy, isolation tendencies, poverty of language, poor contact with surroundings, lack of interests and reduced or lacking emotional changes

There is also the hebephrenic and the catatonic type of schizophrenia. There is no sharp distinction between the different types, which is why people often struggle with symptoms from more than one type.
Periods of illness can last from one month to several years and they can occur either once or several times.


The treatment for schizophrenia is a combination of medical treatment, counselling and other psychosocial types of treatment and social support.

Find more information here:

Mental Health America
The Net Psychiatrist (in Danish)

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