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Schizophrenia is a type of mental disorder that affects approximately 1 in every 100 people. Both men and women can develop schizophrenia but interestingly, research has shown that the disorder is more common in certain ethnic groups and city areas. It is unusual for young people to develop the disorder before the age of 15, with most people first displaying symptoms of the disease between the ages of 15-35.

Current research suggests that patients are more likely to suffer from schizophrenia if one of their parents, or other close relative, suffers from the disorder, or if their brain development was affected during pregnancy in some way. Likewise, street drugs and alcohol can also increase the chance of developing symptoms, particularly in teenagers in the case of cannabis.

Symptoms can include hallucinations, delusions, an inability to concentrate, muddled thoughts, loss of insight and feelings of depression.

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