n Mental Health Matters - Adherence in schizophrenia

Volume 2, Issue 3
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Schizophrenia is a chronic illness, with symptoms divided into four domains, comprising of positive symptoms (hallucinations, delusions), negative symptoms(decrease in emotional range, poverty of speech and loss of interests), cognitive symptoms (deficits in working memory and attention, ability to organize and difficulties with interpersonal relationships) and mood symptoms (often depressive elements).

It occurs in approximately 1% of the population, with an equal distribution ratio between men and women. For males the peak age of onset is in the early to mid twenties, and for females it usually presents for the first time in the late twenties. No racial differences have been identified.

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