Ashley Smith, author, peer counselor, and mother lives a quality life with schizophrenia.
Victoria Marie Alonso is married and the mother of three adult children. She developed schizophrenia as an adult. In her memoir, My Personal Recovery from Schizophrenia, she describes the onset of schizophrenia as receiving messages from God which she was unable to ignore.
Although currently classified as a mental illness, schizophrenia is now scientifically accepted as a neurobiological brain illness. Schizophrenia usually starts in adolescence or early twenties in males and in the late 20s and early 30s in some females. Symptoms vary greatly among different people.