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
13
Tried for
schizophrenia (13) auditory hallucinations (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
schizophrenia (10) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
anxious mood (9) schizophrenia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Zyprexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
schizophrenia (10) auditory hallucinations (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
schizophrenia (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
auditory hallucinations (4) schizophrenia (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
Pain (3) anxious mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
anxious mood (6) schizophrenia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
6
Tried for
schizophrenia (6) depressed mood (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Haldol)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
schizophrenia (5)

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 (7 evaluations)
Side effects
muscle weakness psychogenic non-epileptic seizures 2 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
schizophrenia (13) auditory hallucinations (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for schizophrenia (7 evaluations)
Side effects
tremor in hands blurry vision 7 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
schizophrenia (10) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (11 evaluations)
Side effects
drooling especially at night headaches 1 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
anxious mood (9) schizophrenia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Zyprexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for schizophrenia (13 evaluations)
Side effects
restlessness (akathisia) decreased sex drive (libido) 6 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
schizophrenia (10) auditory hallucinations (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for schizophrenia (2 evaluations)
Side effects
anxiety attacks dizziness 6 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
schizophrenia (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Perceived effectiveness
for auditory hallucinations (7 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal cramps decreased sex drive (libido) 13 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
auditory hallucinations (4) schizophrenia (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
low testosterone oversleeping (too much sleep) 1 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
Pain (3) anxious mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
anxious mood (6) schizophrenia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for schizophrenia (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
schizophrenia (6) depressed mood (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Haldol)
Perceived effectiveness
for schizophrenia (4 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) nausea and vomiting 1 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
schizophrenia (5)
  • 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 16
20s 200
30s 239
40s 220
50s 137
60s 59
70+ 9
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 156
20-29 years 73
30-39 years 34
40-49 years 22
50-59 years 9
60-69 years 1
70+ years 1

Sex

Distribution of sex

60% Female
40% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 462
Not Diagnosed 245

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