Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe and disabling brain disease. Approximately one percent of the population develops schizophrenia during their lifetime- more than two million Americans suffer from the illness in a given year. Although schizophrenia affects men and women with equal frequency, the disorder often appears earlier in men, usually in the late teens or early twenties, than in women, who are generally affected in the twenties to early thirties. People with schizophrenia often suffer terrifying symptoms such as hearing internal voices not heard by others, or believing that other people are reading their minds, controlling their thoughts, or plotting to harm them. These symptoms may leave them fearful and withdrawn. Their speech and behavior can be so disorganized that they may be incomprehensible or frightening to others (Seligman, Walker, & Rosenhan, 2001). Available treatments can relieve many symptoms, but most people with schiz...