Researchers found that lower social cohesion among neighbors and higher crime rates lead to psychotic symptoms in children that live in the city. Symptoms include paranoid thoughts, hearing or seeing other things people don't see, and believing others can read one's mind.
This documentary shows a day in the life of Alan Leader, a schizophrenic. He explains what it's like to hear voices, and even a time the voices told him to end his own life.
According to studies from the University of Manchester, aerobic exercise can help people coping with the conditions of schizophrenia. Joseph Firth found that around 12 weeks of aerobic exercise training improves patients' functioning. Aerobic exercise programs, like treadmills and exercise bikes help treat patients better than medication alone.
Researchers at the University of Bristol found that heavy cannabis use is a contributory factor in increasing the risk of schizophrenia. There is little evidence that it doesn't increase the risk, but our side is stronger and more supported. Using it links to symptoms like paranoia and delusional thinking, just like schizophrenia.
Studies show that earlier trauma plays a role in schizophrenia, because it can leave people subject to finding psychotic symptoms distressing. Exposure to early trauma influences people to suffer from more emotional distress, compared to those without a traumatic history.