Schizophrenia is a chronic mental illness in which the patient may present with a variety of abnormalities. Specifically, there is a distorted perception of reality, and the person may hear voices, see things, or smell unusual odors which others cannot. They may also experience delusions which lead them to believe that people are cheating, spying, or plotting against them .
The delusions may cause them to think that people can read or control their thoughts, and these clients may believe that they receive communication from beings on other planets via television or radio devices in the home. It is one of several psychotic conditions, and those with schizophrenia will have it for the lifetime [1, 2].
Adolescents who have schizophrenia may become withdrawn and display school problems. They may become irritable and have difficulty with sleep. However, many of these emotional changes occur in teenagers who do not have mental illness, and it is important to make the proper diagnosis.