Schizophrenia is a disorder which is characterised by a re-interpretation of, or a loss of, reality. These episodes are referred to as psychotic episodes or psychosis. The individual may experience hallucinations or delusions that they believe are real, and may behave and communicate in a way which does not make sense to others.
Like all mental disorders, people who experience psychosis will only have these symptoms at various times in their life.
Many people still continue to lead normal, successful lives even when experiencing symptoms of psychosis, such as hearing voices or seeing things that others cannot see. At other times, these symptoms may have a greater impact on the individual and require ongoing support.
Psychosis may also be experienced as part of a different disorder i.e. schizo-affective disorder when it is associated with depression, or mood issues. To find out more about schizophrenia or get support, visit the websites below.
Mental Health Foundation
Information and advocacy for those experiencing mental illness.
The Health Navigator NZ website helps you find reliable and trustworthy health information and self-help resources.
Supporting Families in Mental Illness New Zealand
A support organisation for the family and whānau of people with a major mental illness such as schizophrenia.
Health Talk Online
A website featuring video interviews with people on various health topics.