I am in the medical field, and I have had some patients with schizophrenia. From what I understand, the person loses touch with reality. Things become hazy and they experience auditory and sometimes visual hallucinations. They sometimes have disorganized speech patterns and mumble rather than enunciating their words properly like you and I do. They have severe social anxiety and social dysfunction. The sad thing is that a lot of homeless people have schizophrenia, but people just write them off as crazy people. But people need to understand the disease. Those people need medical intervention and they won't receive it because nobody believes them.
I have also heard that it can be treated very well with antipsychotic medications, such as risperdal, zyprexa, and abilify. Actually, abilify has also been indicated for depression and anxiety. So I would imagine it works great for schizophrenia. I'm sure seroquel would work great for the sleep disorders schizophrenic people often develop. I believe also patients with schizophrenia have a higher likelihood of developing alzheimers dementia at an early age.
Quite honestly, I thought I was on the road to developing schizophrenia for a while when my meds stopped working for me. I started getting disoriented, freaking out, hearing things. It was really bad.My doctor might have to change my anti-depressannt. Maybe if she does, I can try Abilify.
Oh-FYI: Alcoholism over the course of several years can not only damage your organs, but it can cause schizophrenic behavior. So...yea.
Anyways, that's my take on schizophrenia, if anyone has anything to add or thinks I'm wrong, please feel free to comment or private message me.