What age does schizophrenia start?

I’m getting more concerned about my symptoms. I’ve been struggling for months. I haven’t got an answer yet from local mental health professionals. I tried a couple different places. Basically I’m dealing with anxiety, hearing voices and getting vivid mental images when I try to sleep and bizzare dreams. I get times where I feel better and then the symptoms return. I’m almost 40 and never had anything like this.

There isn’t an exact age. A user here got sz in his 50s and another user at 15y.o.


I was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia at 38, which is considered late.

Stick with the mental health professionals until you get an answer.

It may not be schizophrenia.

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I’ve tried a couple of the main places that are local. There’s not many options for mental health around here. I’m still working and active. I just have trouble sometimes at night.

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Try your family doctor. They’re normally the best person. They can hopefully refer you to the right service.


how long has this been happening?

I guess it would depend upon if these things persist for weeks or more.

Off and on for several months. I went to a Psychatric Center for an assessment. They never said anything about the voices. I think cause it’s just when I go to sleep. I’m getting concerned though since it has been going on for awhile.

I think I’ve been told on here those can be hypno-hallucinations

and can happen to anybody. I don’t get them often,
but I do get them. scary as hell.

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That’s what I’m getting hypnagogic hallucinations. They aren’t fun.

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My symptoms only really started to manifest around 40. I was diagnosed somewhere between 42 or 43. I can’t remember exactly.

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I don’t think there is a set age where schizophrenia starts. It varies by individual.

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It depends how old you are.

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what do you mean by that?

IDK, it seemed funny in my head.

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cuz some things in kids they might out grow, but who knows in their twenties.
and I’m hoping I won’t need meds for the rest of my life.

ok. maybe I missed the humor.


22 is the average but I assume under severe pressure anyone can get it.

Usually in your twenty’s or late teens according to statistics, if you want to trust those

18 usually 14245789986654

I got sick at 17 because of maruijuanna then from 17 to 21 yrs old I refused to take meds… since 21 I been doing good