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What is it like to have severe schizophrenia?

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When the disease is in full swing and symptoms are severe, the person with schizophrenia can't tell what's real and what's not. This happens less often as they get older.

SOURCES:

American Psychiatric Association: "Schizophrenia."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Schizophrenia."

William T. Carpenter, MD, professor of psychiatry and pharmacy, University of Maryland School of Medicine; Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, Baltimore, MD.

National Health Service (UK): "Schizophrenia - Symptoms."

Brain & Behavior Research Foundation: "Frequently Asked Questions about Schizophrenia."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on December 20, 2018

SOURCES:

American Psychiatric Association: "Schizophrenia."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Schizophrenia."

William T. Carpenter, MD, professor of psychiatry and pharmacy, University of Maryland School of Medicine; Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, Baltimore, MD.

National Health Service (UK): "Schizophrenia - Symptoms."

Brain & Behavior Research Foundation: "Frequently Asked Questions about Schizophrenia."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on December 20, 2018

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