Schizophrenia is a complex mental illness that interferes with a person’s ability to think clearly, manage emotions, make decisions and relate to others. It is also an often misunderstood condition, leading people to stigmatize those who have the illness, and causing people with schizophrenia or their family members to delay or avoid treatment, a mistake that can have tragic repercussions. “We still have a lot to learn about schizophrenia, but advances in brain imaging, genetic studies and other research are improving our understanding, says Ken Duckworth, M.D., assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard University and medical director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Perhaps the most important thing to know is that it’s possible to have schizophrenia and live a productive, happy life. Keep clicking for 14 common myths -- and the truth -- about schizophrenia.