Frequently Asked Questions About Schizophrenia

Can schizophrenia be cured?
Schizophrenia cannot yet be cured, but ongoing therapeutic treatments and medication can be used to manage the symptoms.

What causes schizophrenia?
The risk for schizophrenia is mostly the result of genetic causes, but the environment also plays a role. This means factors such as birth complications, early traumatic experiences, infections, stress, and substance abuse can contribute to the risk. Having an older father is another risk factor.

What are the symptom differences between schizophrenia and bipolar disorder?
Persons with schizophrenia and related disorders can show loss of touch with reality. Symptoms of schizophrenia include hearing voices and fixed false beliefs (hallucinations and delusions). However, patients with bipolar disorder are always experiencing a mood disturbance, either depression or mania, at the same time as these symptoms.