my sisters dad had sz and she started to display symptoms of this recently but she was 38 or 39 at the time. any body knows why she would get it in that age group? any info on sz coming out in that age would be great. oh and she was perfectly normal till this.
There's a type of schizophrenia called Late-Onset Schizophrenia that does occur later in life, and this is possibly what happened to your sister. I have a friend who also developed SZ in her 30s. I hear the outcome for someone who develops SZ later in life is sometimes better.
It is not uncommon for women to develop sz during their late 30's. I was diagnosed at 37, but I had had depression and mild symptoms of sz for years. Up until that time, it just had not been severe enough to impact my ability to work or sustain a relationship. Then suddenly my mental health was severely compromised and the sz was so serious I had to be hospitalized over and over again. I think I could have avoided some of that if I had taken the prescribed medications. But, as sick as I was, I would take the meds just enough to feel better, then I assumed I didn't need them anymore. Wrong! Encourage your sister to find a good psychiatrist and to be committed to a treatment plan. You might also tell her about this web site -- the people are great here.