Schizophrenia affects about 1% of the population, and is one of the most stigmatized disorders in existence. Myths abound about its symptoms and causes, even in professionally scientific circles. The truth is that people with schizophrenia are more likely to be the targets of violence than they are to be violent themselves. With appropriate treatment, they can hold jobs and lead fulfilling lives. The causes of schizophrenia are likewise misunderstood; some claim that the disorder springs from an abusive childhood, while others say it's largely genetic. In fact, both environmental and genetic factors influence one's likelihood to develop schizophrenia.
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The word schizophrenia literally means "split mind." 00:23
With proper treatment, people with schizophrenia can lead satisfying lives, and some have made historic contributions to the world. 03:59
You have about a 10% chance of developing schizophrenia if you have a parent or sibling with the disorder. 07:25