Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness characterized by schizophrenia symptoms, such as experiencing hallucinations or delusions that have no connection to reality (but feel just as real to the person experiencing them).
Our schizophrenia test is for anyone who wants to see if they may have the symptoms commonly associated with a schizophrenia-specific disorder, such as schizophrenia or schizophreniform disorder. This test takes most people less than 2 minutes to complete and will provide instant results.
Instructions: Answer the questions below honestly based upon how you currently feel or have felt in the past month.
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The symptoms of schizophrenia are characterized by two or more of the following, experienced by a person consistently for at least one month’s time: delusions, hallucinations, incoherent speech (or speech that quickly switches from topic to topic, with no thread between them), or any of the negative symptoms of schizophrenia. The negative symptoms of schizophrenia include: lack of emotional expression and lack of purposeful activity (e.g., sitting by oneself with no interest in doing anything or engaging with others).
Delusions and hallucinations are the main characteristics of schizophrenia. A delusion is a fixed, false belief that doesn’t change, even when a person is given evidence the belief isn’t based in reality. An example of a delusion is that “everyone is out to get me.” Hallucinations are seeing or hearing things that aren’t there. An example of a hallucination is hearing voices that aren’t one’s own, or seeing people that aren’t in actually in the room.
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Schizophrenia can be treated, and is usually most successfully treated with psychotropic medication. You can learn more about the treatment options and approaches to schizophrenia in our article, Schizophrenia Treatment.
Other Schizophrenia Information
Schizophrenia is a rare and complex mental disorder. You can learn more about it, as well as information and option for caregivers and family members of a person with schizophrenia, in our comprehensive Schizophrenia Guide.
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