Schizophrenia Law and Legal Definition

Schizophrenia is a brain disorder characterized by the loss of the ability to distinguish reality from fantasy. Symptoms of schizophrenia include hearing voices, delusions, disorganized speech or agitation. Available treatments can relieve many symptoms, but most people with schizophrenia suffer the symptoms of schizophrenia for the rest of their live.

Approximately one percent of the population are affected by schizophrenia. Although schizophrenia equaly affects men and women, the disorder often affects men in their teens or early twenties, whereas women are generally affected in the twenties to early thirties.