Lægesamtale psykiatrien

This page provides you with information about schizophrenia in adults.

The psychiatric services in Central Denmark Region treat schizophrenia in these teams:

What is schizophrenia?

What is schizophrenia?

Facts about schizophrenia

  • Every year, approximately 500 Danes are diagnosed with schizophrenia
  • Schizophrenia is seen slightly more often in men than in women
  • The disorder is almost equally widespread in all cultures, social levels and countries
  • The disorder most often starts in early adulthood
  • The disorder often affects women a little later than men.

A disorder with many myths

The period before the disorder appears

Course of the disorder

What causes schizophrenia?

Why do some people develop schizophrenia?

Heredity

Stress and strains

What happens in the brain?

When I walked home in the dark in the evening, I could sense all the staring evil eyes behind all the darkened windows I passed. I hurried as much as I could. On my way home, my condition alternated between a feeling of happiness and a horrible feeling. In my state of happiness, I heard heavenly music quite clearly, and, in the other state, I heard people arguing and laughing viciously.
Kasper, 37, describes one of his hearing hallucinations

Symptoms of schizophrenia

Schizophrenia may manifest itself in many ways

Psychotic symptoms

Hallucinations

Impact and control experiences

Odd gestures

Delusions

Loss of abilities

Changes in language and thoughts

Krishna, who was a transparent light with the shape of a human being, extended his hands down through my carpet and the carpet disappeared where his hands reached down. There, demons were running around – they were dark and had horns and tails.
Kasper, 37, describing one of his visual hallucinations

Other symptoms

Examination for schizophrenia

Do you suspect that you have schizophrenia?

Referred – now what?

Kvinde læser

Preparation before examination

A typical examination

Exclusion of physical illness

After the examination

Types of schizophrenia

What types of schizophrenia are there?

Having to explain to you how I feel would be like describing a painting to you. I could describe colours and shapes, but you will never completely understand it anyway.
Søren, schizophrenic

Treatment of schizophrenia

The sooner, the better

Two-year course of treatment

Pharmacological treatment

Education about schizophrenia disorder

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Someone in the ward lit black candles everywhere. It had to be because she was performing voodoo, because candles are meant for creating a cosy atmosphere, and you don’t choose black for that. I was sure she had made a voodoo doll of me, and it was a horrible thought.
Kasper, 37, describing one of his delusions

Psychological treatment

Social therapy and support options

Treatment for substance abuse

A typical course of treatment

Hospitalisation

After the course of treatment

Advice for people who have schizophrenia

What can be done to prevent schizophrenia?

What can you do yourself if you are suffering from schizophrenia?

Advice for relatives

Life as a relative

What can you as a relative do for yourself?

It’s terrible to watch someone you care deeply about becoming firmly convinced that she’s a princess, that the phones are being tapped and that the rest of us are only out to hurt her. You become completely powerless.
Relative of schizophrenia sufferer

What can you, as a relative, do to help the person suffering from schizophrenia?

Text on this page updated December 2021 (version 1.04).

Most recently revised by: Charlotte Emborg Mafi, Senior Consultant, Psychosis Research Unit, Aarhus University Hospital – Psychiatry.

Direct link: www.en.szp2.ps.rm.dk