Schizophrenia & Psychosis

Understanding Schizophrenia & Psychosis

Psychotic disorders (including schizophrenia) are severe, chronic and sometimes disabling brain diseases. They often cause individuals to become extremely fearful and withdrawn from both their families and the rest of the world. They may even appear bizarre or frightening to other people. For individuals with schizophrenia or a psychotic disorder, an independent lifestyle can be problematic, and maintaining relationships with family and loved ones is often difficult. Sufferers usually cannot maintain employment and can end up on the fringes of society because they do not seek help. Though we don’t yet know what causes schizophrenia, studies show that genetic factors can play into the development of schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, and those with a family history of psychotic disorders are more likely to develop one.

Symptoms of psychotic disorders include:

Schizophrenia is a specific type of psychotic disorder that can be further categorized into subtypes, such as paranoid, disorganized or catatonic.

If you or someone you know is facing a psychotic disorder, or seeking schizophrenia treatment, contact Brookhaven Hospital at 1-888-298-4673.

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