A psychotic disorder lasting more than six months, schizophrenia is accompanied by disturbances in thoughts, feelings, behavior, and the use of words. Symptoms may include inappropriate emotions and false beliefs or delusions, including paranoia, such as “they are plotting against me.” Three-quarters of schizophrenics develop the disease between the ages of 16 and 25. Hallucinations of hearing voices or seeing things that are not there may be experienced.

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