Schizophrenia is a severe brain illness. People who have it may hear voices that aren't there. They may think other people are trying to hurt them. Sometimes they don't make sense when they talk. The disorder makes it hard for them to keep a job or take care of themselves. Close to or over 2 million adult American men and women suffer from this illness. Even though rare in childhood, children have been known to suffer from schizophrenia.

If you are a loved one suffers from schizophrenia, here are a few signs that may indicate that you have this illness; hallucinations (such as hearing voices, paranoid delusions, and exaggerated or distorted perceptions, beliefs and behaviors), loss or decrease in the ability to initiate plans, speak, express emotion, find pleasure, confused/disordered speech, problems with memory, trouble with logical thinking, and difficulty paying attention. Although there is no definite answer as to why schizophrenia happens, some think it has to do with one's genetic makeup/brain chemistry, and environment.

Sadly, there is no cure for schizophrenia, but there are treatments available to reduce the intensity and frequency of the symptoms. Medication and psychosocial treatments can help some people with this illness. If these methods do help, one can lead meaningful and rewarding lives, whilst others continue to have problems even with the appropriate help. Most people with schizophrenia enlist the aid of illegal substances that generally make symptoms worse. The best thing to do for your loved ones suffering from schizophrenia is to be there for them emotionally to help them battle this infliction.