Schizophrenia is a severe mental illness that is associated with much stigma and misinformation. While some people with schizophrenia experience only one or a few episodes, for others it may remain a ongoing health condition. People with schizophrenia often also experience depression and/or anxiety.
Schizophrenia is experienced by 1 in 100 people in the Australian population.
There is no known single cause of schizophrenia but we do know about factors that make it more likely.
The main symptoms of schizophrenia are:
Other symptoms of schizophrenia include:
Women with schizophrenia may find the early postnatal period distressing and have difficulty bonding with the baby. As well as seeing your doctor regularly, it is helpful to have support from your partner and/or family or from a nanny. Having this type of support overnight will mean that you can sleep. This is important as lack of sleep can trigger a relapse.
Your doctor or maternal child health nurse may also suggest that you attend a special group to help you with parenting skills.