Throughout one's life, an individual may struggle to find harmony between perception and reality. For most people, how they perceive an event or situation is closely in line with reality and merely colored by one's own insecurities or personal experiences. However, for an individual living with schizophrenia, the lines between perception and reality are very blurry and, in some cases, nonexistent.
Schizophrenia is categorized as a mental disorder and affects approximately one percent of the population. Individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia often exhibit symptoms classified as being psychotic in nature and include hallucinations, trouble focusing, delusions and movement disorders. Additionally, in an effort to self medicate, schizophrenic individuals often develop substance abuse problems which exacerbates symptoms.