It’s a life-changing diagnosis, but there is hope

It’s hard to wrap your head around the possibility that a loved one may have schizophrenia.

Yet each year, about 3 million people are diagnosed with this mental health disorder in the United States — typically as young adults.

So it’s important to understand the risk factors and warning signs.

“Schizophrenia means loss of touch with reality,” explains psychiatrist Minnie Bowers-Smith, MD. “It is a serious illness, but it does not develop overnight. The symptoms usually worsen over a period of months or years.”

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