Schizophrenia is a serious mental health condition that can disturb a person’s thoughts, perceptions, emotions and behaviour. People tend to develop schizophrenia when they are teenagers or young adults, but it can start at any stage.
People with schizophrenia can sometimes find it difficult to tell the difference between what is real and what is not. They may also struggle to think clearly, manage emotions, relate to others or deal with daily life. In addition, they may experience hallucinations and delusions. Individuals experiencing schizophrenia can experience psychosis or psychotic episodes which can be very scary for the person and the people around them.
People with Schizophrenia can also experience changes in mood, appetite, personality changes, lack of interest in things they used to like, difficulty maintaining their normal standard of personal hygiene, lack of motivation and difficulty concentrating.
Schizophrenia is a complex condition and can only be diagnosed by mental health professionals. If you think you might be experiencing signs of schizophrenia, get help as soon as possible by speaking to a GP or mental health professional.
Where to find support:
Shine is a national organisation that provides information and support to people affected by schizophrenia and other mental health difficulties, as well as their families.
HSE Website: hse.ie
If you’re thinking about suicide or self-harm or if you need help right away, call 999 or 112
There are also specific support lines that you can call:
Samaritans Ireland – 116 123
Pieta House – 1800 247 247
Childline can also be contacted by any child or young person by calling 1800 66 66 66, texting to 50101 or chatting online at Childline.ie 24 hours a day, every day.