Mild Schizophrenia is a mental illness that can affect anyone. Men and women are equally likely to experience a diagnosis of mild schizophrenia as anyone else in the general population. Even children as young as five can develop this mental illness, although schizophrenia most commonly appears between the ages of sixteen and thirty. Men seem to start experiencing symptoms earlier than women, but neither gender rarely develops schizophrenia after the age of forty-five.
No one really knows what causes mild schizophrenia. Certain events may trigger the onset, but it also seems to run in families hinting at genetic factors. Studies have shown that people with schizophrenia have different brain structures or brain chemistry than those who never receive a diagnosis or experience an episode.