Originally Posted by JJJ's Ulcer
I thought schizophrenic people just heard voices. They don't see people who aren't there, do they? And can you really develop schizophrenia just from stress? Isn't it caused by genetics or at least an extreme mind-altering substance like an acid overdose? The whole storyline seems very suspect. It seems like one of those old, dumb comicbook/soap-opera tropes that never actually happen to people in real life. Maybe someone with some knowledge can shed some light on how this works.
People with schizophrenia can have auditory, visual, tactile, and olfactory hallucinations--or a combination thereof. And while you are correct in the link to drugs/alcohol and heredity, sometimes people have a psychotic break with no prior family history at all.