Schizophrenia, even when treated properly, can be a disability. It makes it hard for many people to tell what is real and what is not. At any level of severity, this is a serious issue that can make it impossible to work.

But when does the disease make itself known? It’s not something you generally see in children, so when do adults realize that they have it at all?

There is some difference here based on gender, as men tend to get their symptoms before women. For men, schizophrenia may begin as early as their late teen years. It often starts in their 20s. For women, on the other hand, it generally shows up in either the 20s or the 30s. It’s less common in teens, even those who are 18 or 19 years old.

However, experts do note that earlier signs may be more subtle and may fly under the radar until a person grows older and gets a diagnosis. These signs could include a lack of motivation, poor performance in school or a string of troubled relationships. These issues on their own are not enough for a diagnosis, but they may make more sense looking back at them retrospectively after a diagnosis has been made.

Again, there are ways to treat this disorder. The newest treatments are safer and more effective than ever before. This area of medicine is always improving. Even so, finding out that you have schizophrenia is something that can change the rest of your life.

If you do have the disorder and you cannot work as a result, you need to know exactly what steps you can take.