If you think a loved one may have schizophrenia, then it is imperative to try to get him or her help. This condition can be debilitating and even dangerous. California doctors can offer help to you and the person with the diagnosis, but the first step is identifying the signs that someone you love has this disease. WebMD explains that symptoms of schizophrenia usually become apparent gradually and often start when a person is between the ages of 16 and 30.

The person who is affected typically will not be aware of the signs, but others are more capable of noticing them. Common symptoms include emotional withdrawal, depression, delusions or hallucinations, confusion and memory issues. The person may also stop taking care of his or her daily needs, such as bathing or eating. He or she may also physically start moving in different ways or seem incredibly jumpy.

If you notice these signs in someone you love, you should encourage him or her to get help. If it is your child and he or she in under 18, then you should take steps to get help. You should encourage the person to seek care from a medical professional who can offer treatment options. Often people with this condition cannot function normally in society without the help of treatment because it causes issues with normal thought processes that allow a person to take care of him or herself and hold down a job. This information is for education and is not legal advice.