Is schizophrenia just one thing? Kind of like you have it so you are not responsible and have no real idea of what you are doing or you don't have it and are therefore responsible?
Are their degrees of it? Milder forms and stronger forms? Different presenting markers or symptoms? I am no expert but I think there are different types and sub types with varying degrees of what might be termed impairment.
What type and or sub type the young man has and how it presents itself or presented itself in association with the crime he has been charged with I have not seen yet. Has anyone else?
This may answer your questions, more reliable than Wikipedia:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001925/
Just one thing to note, being schizophrenic increases your chances for developing substance abuse problems.
In a nutshell:
Schizophrenia is a complex mental disorder that makes it difficult to:
•Tell the difference between real and unreal experiences
•Have normal emotional responses,
•Behave normally in social situations
The outlook for a person with schizophrenia is difficult to predict. Most of the time, symptoms improve with medication. However, others may have difficulty functioning and are at risk for repeated episodes, especially during the early stages of the illness.
People with schizophrenia may need supported housing, job training, and other community support programs. People with the most severe forms of this disorder may not be able to live alone. Group homes or other long-term, structured places to live may be needed.
Symptoms will return if a person with schizophrenia does not take their medication.
Having schizophrenia increases your risk for:
•Developing a problem with alcohol or drugs: This is called a substance abuse problem. Using alcohol or other drugs increases the chances your symptoms will return.
•Physical illness: People with schizophrenia may become physically sick, because of an inactive lifestyle and side effects from medication. A physical illness may not be detected because of poor access to medical care and difficulties talking to health care providers.
Calling your health care provider
Call your health care provider if:
•Voices are telling you to hurt yourself or others.
•You feel the urge to hurt yourself or others.
•You are feeling hopeless or overwhelmed.
•You are seeing things that aren't really there.
•You feel you cannot leave the house.
•You are unable to care for yourself.
There is no known way to prevent schizophrenia.
Symptoms can be prevented by taking medication. You should take your medication exactly as your doctor told you to. Symptoms will return if you stop taking your medication.
Always talk to your doctor if you are thinking about changing or stopping your medications. See your doctor or therapist regularly.