Who suffers from Schizophrenia ?
The most common age for developing symptoms is between the ages of 18 and 25. Both males & females are equally affected but peak age of onsetdiffers in both sexes. (In females 15-25 years, In males 25 – 35 years).
Research does show, however, that schizophrenia does show up in childhood, but only 2 percent of individuals with schizophrenia had their onset in childhood.
Early Warning Signs
Other visible signs that difficulties may be forming (which sometimes can be early warnings of schizo-phrenia) include changes in personal hygiene and appearance, changes in personality, changes in sleep patterns, not showing up for work or school, or pro-nounced inappropriate or bizarre behavior.
Before reaching a diagnosis of schizophrenia, it is important to rule out other illnesses. Other medical illnesses can mimic schizo-phrenic symptoms.
For this reason a medical history, laboratory tests, and a physical examination should be taken before concluding that a person has schizophrenia.
The diagnosis of schizophrenia is usually made by a medical doctor who specializes in mental and emotional conditions. This type of physician is called a psychiatrist.