Can Someone Please Give Me Accurate Details on Schizophrenia?

Question by Annie: Can someone please give me accurate details on schizophrenia?
I’m writing a novel that has a pretty in depth plot. The main character is fifteen-seventeen years old. She experienced trauma at fourteen when her father died and her mother commits suicide nine months later, at fifteen. The story starts in the time frame of when her mother commits suicide and she must go with her grandparents to live. During the duration of her stay she befriends strange winged people in the woods that, essentially, help to distract her mind from the grief she feels.

Now, I have two ideas, the main character is either 1. schizophrenic or 2. is imagining these things. At first I wanted the character to simply be imagining this, but then I considered schizophrenia to be much more… in depth in the story line. I’m not sure what to choose as I know schizophrenia would have to be a lot more structured than simply saying her imagination ran wild to shelter her from grief. So, I need as much as help as I can get PLEASE with the topic of schizophrenia to make my choice. If anyone can, please answer the following questions:

1. Is it possible to develop schizophrenia after severe trauma, like death, has occurred in a person’s life?

2. What is the usual age range for a person to develop schizophrenia? Is sixteen plausible?

3. How does schizophrenia control a person’s life? In what ways does it impact them in their daily activities/routines?

4. The people my main character has befriended/envisions she has befriended “live” in the woods near her home. With schizophrenia, is it possible that she could be using one of the main characters she “meets” to replace (subconsciously) replace the void of her mother? Is it possible that similar events would occur with this person that also occurred before her mother’s death, because the woman she met in the woods, is, essentially, replacing her mother?

5. Can a person ever overcome schizophrenia? Is it possible to make the realization that these people are figments of your imagination and nothing more than that? Is it possible to give up these people? I guess what I’m asking in this: In some cases, can schizophrenia ever be temporary?

6. What is the treatment for schizophrenia? What medications are usually involved? How would a psychologist be able to diagnose this disorder? What’s the process that follows being diagnosed? If you have schizophrenia, is it evident for others to see it… of is it something my character could keep rather hidden?

7. In films, I feel as though schizophrenia is often related to negativity. Negative voices, negative people that one sees, etc. In any case, can schizophrenia bring positive people and positive situations? I want the character my main character meets in the woods, the one to replace her mother, to be a beacon of hope, essentially. But I want her to also resemble through personality, her mother that died… but I do not want her to be a negative character, by any means.

I’m sorry this is so jumbled. I hope it makes sense. If you can’t answer ALL questions, but can answer a few, please do. It would be a great help. Thanks so much.
The mother committed suicide due to severe depression from her husband’s death, as I see someone was curious.

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Answer by Roy Mustang
Screw schizophrenia, just call him crazy.

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