Schizophrenia is a complex mental health disorder that can cause serious problems with thinking, decision-making, feelings and behavior. People with schizophrenia may have problems with talking to others and making sense of reality. They may want to be by themselves for hours at a time and not talk to anyone. They may say they hear “voices” that no one else can hear.

People with schizophrenia have this disorder through their whole life and it can make it hard for them to enjoy being with other people or to keep a job. Treatments for schizophrenia are improving so that symptoms can often be managed and not interfere with daily life.