Schizophrenia is a chronic and severe mental disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. People with schizophrenia may seem like they have lost touch with reality.
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People who have this disease may have hallucinations in which they see, feel, smell or hear things that aren’t really there. These can take the form of voices, shadows, people, creatures, or almost anything that you can imagine. These hallucinations can be very confusing for people with schizophrenia because they do not necessarily know the difference between the hallucination and reality. The most common type of hallucination is hearing voices that may tell someone to do things or make comments about their behaviors, or the person may hear multiple voices that seem to talk to each other.
People with schizophrenia may also believe in things that are not true. They may think that they have special talents or abilities, like the power to read minds or to see into the future. It’s common for people with schizophrenia to believe that other people, the government, or aliens are watching them or are somehow “out to get them.” These particular types of beliefs are known as paranoid delusions and can lead someone with schizophrenia to act in very strange ways. In general, people with schizophrenia continue to hold on these false beliefs despite other people trying to prove that they are not true.