It's confusing when your own reality seems out of sync with the rest of the world's view of things. You might jump to the conclusion that the problem is schizophrenia. But other conditions can also cause symptoms such as delusions and hallucinations. Getting a correct diagnosis is the first—and very important—step toward finding effective help.
Life would be simpler if there were a lab test or brain scan that could definitely tell whether you have schizophrenia. Unfortunately, it's not so easy. To make the diagnosis, a health care professional first evaluates your symptoms, how long they've lasted, and how they affect your daily life. Then the professional considers all possible causes before deciding whether the symptoms are due to schizophrenia or something else.What are the other possible causes of symptoms ›