That was interesting
The doctor thinks it is 80% genetic and seems to favour that for the rest of us it's caused by something happening to the brain (virus or something)
He just dismissed psychological causes out of hand.
I'm glad I heard this, now I may have a better idea of where these pdocs are coming from. So I may be better able to talk to them in a language they can understand.
Apart from that, a jolly good piece of radio that actually told you stuff about a subject in a controlled and intelligent way.
Summing up the questions and answers roughly:
a) What is it? A brain disease
b) Cause? Genetic or viral or some other problem with the brain
c) Symptoms? Halucinations (auditory, somatic etc) and/or delusions
d) Consequences of this? Withdrawal, social isolation
e) Treatment: Drugs; CBT; hearing voices networks
f) Prognosis? Some people (70%) live fairly normal lives - some have jobs.
g) And the others? Jobless, no money, commonly drug users, abused/ridiculed by others.
I listened to about a minute of it. Usual crap. Not surprised everyone is going out their way to encourage schizophrenics to lie down and take their medicine after yet another media frenzy about a rampaging psychotic person.