Schizophrenia is still a relatively unknown disease and a victim of prejudices. The media, among other films, tend to portray a false image of this disorder. It is not always easy to diagnose schizophrenia. Some symptoms, isolated, can be misinterpreted as depression or bipolarity. In simplified terms, it can be said to be a chronic psychosis that manifests itself in a loss of contact with reality.
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There are many different symptoms. They may appear occasionally or regularly. The degree of symptoms can be more or less important depending on the period or the person. Making a diagnosis is not easy. Schizophrenia can be suspected if the symptoms have been present for at least 6 months in a more or less continuous way and that it impacts the family, school, social and professional life of the person.
The outbreak of the disease may occur brutally with an extreme episode of psychosis, or gradually with changes in behaviour and social isolation. It is not unusual for a person with schizophrenia to disappear or run away during an episode. They may become obsessed with something, and in these cases it is difficult or impossible to reason with them.