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Schizophrenia is the most disabling of all the major mental disorders. Schizophrenia is a severe mental illness that interferes with an individual's ability to think, feel and to receive and understand sensory information. An individual's behavior may also be disturbed. The most noticeable of symptoms include hallucinations, delusions, thought disorder, disorganized speech and thinking with significant social or occupational dysfunction.

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Onset of symptoms typically occurs in young adulthood (in the age group 15-35 years), with around 0.4–0.6% of the population affected. Diagnosis is based on the patient's self-reported experiences and observed behavior. No laboratory test for schizophrenia currently exists. Studies suggest that genetics, early environment, neurobiology, psychological and social processes are important contributory factors.

Fortunately, such schizophrenic symptoms can be controlled with medication. The less obvious symptoms such as loss of interest, energy, warmth and humor do not presently respond well to medications. These latter symptoms cause considerable obstacles for the schizophrenia sufferer and their families.

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