Schizophrenia

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What is schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is a psychiatric disorder characteristically marked by a retreat from reality with delusion formation, hallucinations, emotional disharmony, and regressive behavior.

Common symptoms reported by people with schizophrenia

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with schizophrenia

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Risperdal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
schizophrenia (11) delusions (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
schizophrenia (7) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
auditory hallucinations (4) schizophrenia (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zyprexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
schizophrenia (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
anxious mood (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
anxious mood (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
schizophrenia (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
5
Tried for
schizophrenia (5) delusions (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
depressed mood (3) schizophrenia (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
anxious mood (4)

Data from patients with schizophrenia, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with schizophrenia

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Risperdal)
Perceived effectiveness
for schizophrenia (5 evaluations)
Side effects
agitation with irritability agitation with restlessness 5 more
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
schizophrenia (11) delusions (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for schizophrenia (3 evaluations)
Side effects
blurry vision brain fog 5 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
schizophrenia (7) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Perceived effectiveness
for auditory hallucinations (8 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal cramps decreased sex drive (libido) 13 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
auditory hallucinations (4) schizophrenia (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zyprexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for schizophrenia (3 evaluations)
Side effects
loose bowel movements muscle twitching (fasciculations)
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
schizophrenia (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (10 evaluations)
Side effects
drooling especially at night headaches 1 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
anxious mood (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
sedation weight gain
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
anxious mood (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for schizophrenia (2 evaluations)
Side effects
anxiety attacks dizziness 6 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
schizophrenia (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for schizophrenia (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
schizophrenia (5) delusions (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
increased anxiety sweating 1 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
depressed mood (3) schizophrenia (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
anxious mood (4)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with schizophrenia, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has schizophrenia on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 9
20s 190
30s 262
40s 219
50s 153
60s 62
70+ 13
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 161
20-29 years 73
30-39 years 36
40-49 years 22
50-59 years 9
60-69 years 1
70+ years 1

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 365
Female 543

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 487
Not Diagnosed 245

These charts show data from schizophrenia patients who have completed their condition history
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