Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness that affects a person’s ability to talk, think, understand and behave normally. His or her perception of the world is distorted making it hard for him to relate to people and function normally. His or her ideas are very far from reality.
The symptoms of schizophrenia include:
- Hallucinations – is a behavior where an individual will see or hear things that don’t exist.
- Delusions – a belief that is not based on reality or is not true but the person refuses to give up, even when presented with facts.
- Disorganized thoughts and is usually based on hallucinations and delusions
- Changes in his or her behavior that is considered odd
There is no exact cause of schizophrenia. However, there are factors that can contribute to the development of this mental illness. These factors are:
Schizophrenia is an inherited disorder. However, no single gene is responsible. Experts believe that a combination of different genes can increase the risk of developing schizophrenia, but it doesn’t mean that you will develop this mental illness.
The Development of the Brain
Some studies have proved that schizophrenia can be a result of brain abnormality or injury.
Stress caused by traumatic life events, such as:
- the loss of a loved one (e.g. death, divorce)
- losing your home or a job
- Abuse – being abused physically, sexually or emotionally
It doesn’t mean that if you have experienced one or more of the above traumatic events you will have schizophrenia. But it can increase the chance of developing schizophrenia.
Drug dependence has been known to contribute to the development of schizophrenia. Certain drugs may trigger symptoms in people who are susceptible. Drugs such as cocaine or amphetamines can lead to the development of psychosis.
If you think you are suffering from Schizophrenia you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Schizophrenia as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).