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Popular usage to the contrary, Schizophrenia is not synonymous with split personality (which falls closest to Dissociative Identity Disorder). Schizophrenia is a brain disorder that causes severe problems in thinking, feeling, and behavior. People with Schizophrenia experience difficulty distinguishing reality from fantasy. They also have trouble relating to other people, communicating through language, controlling their emotions, and making everyday decisions.
Schizophrenia affects approximately two million Americans, or almost 1 percent of the entire U.S. population, with men and women represented in equal numbers. The illness usually strikes at a relatively young age—the early twenties for men and the late twenties for women. As compared to men, women with Schizophrenia generally display more mood symptoms and have a better lifetime course and response to treatment.