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Schizophrenia is a long-term mental disorder of involving a breakdown in the relation between thought, emotion, and behavior, leading to faulty perception, inappropriate actions and feelings, withdrawal from reality and personal relationships into fantasy and delusion, and a sense of mental fragmentation. Schizophrenia is not a split or multiple-personality disorder, but a type of psychosis where a person cannot tell what is real from what is imagined.

Causes and Symptoms

The exact known cause for schizophrenia is not known, but developing this illness is very likely for individuals who have a long family history of schizophrenia and have increased immune system activity, such as from inflammation or autoimmune diseases. Symptoms can include disorganized along with thought disorder, delusion, amnesia, hallucination, paranoia, incoherent speech, rapid and frenzied speaking, fatigue, impaired motor coordination, and lack of emotional response.

On Criminal Minds


The following non-criminals suffer from schizophrenia.


The following unsubs have/had schizophrenia.

  • Season One
    • Ted Bryar ("Derailed") - A cop killer whose schizophrenic hallucinations and delusions prompted him to murder a guard for his gun and hold a train full of people hostage.
    • Eddie Mays ("Blood Hungry") - A cannibalistic spree killer, one-time robber, and one-time abductor whose schizophrenia was presumably induced by his use of heavy drugs, which ultimately led to his killing spree.
    • Marvin Doyle ("A Real Rain") - A vigilante and serial-turned-spree killer who suffered from schizophrenic auditory hallucinations.
  • Season Five
    • Darrin Call ("Haunted") - A spree killer, one-time cop killer, and one-time abductor whose schizophrenia coupled with severe PTSD from the crimes of his father drove him to go on a killing spree after he couldn't obtain his anti-psychotic medication.
    • Gina King ("The Performer") - A "vampirist"-type serial killer whose schizophrenia was exploited by Ray Campion, the manager of Paul Davies (a gothic singer who she idolized), who convinced her to start killing in order to promote Davies.
  • Season Six
    • Rhett Walden, Jr. ("Reflection of Desire") - A necrophilic budding spree killer and abductor who had a schizophrenic hallucination of his mother.
    • Ben Foster ("With Friends Like These...") - An arsonist-turned-spree killer and robber whose schizophrenia culminated in hallucinations of his childhood friends (who he killed in an arson fire for unknown reasons), which bullied and pushed him to kill people.
  • Season Eight
    • Adam Rain ("The Lesson") - A "collector"-type serial killer and abductor whose schizophrenia was worsened by a car crash, causing him to revert back to a childlike mentality and start abducting 'actors' for his play reenacting the death of his father (with a different ending of the puppets saving them).
  • Season Ten
    • Donnie Mallick ("Nelson's Sparrow") - a "collector"-type serial killer, stalker, and abductor whose schizophrenia was inherited from his mother Zettie, and which was presumably a driving factor in his abductions of women to 'replace' his dead aunt.
    • Danny Lee Stokes ("Protection") - A serial killer, vigilante, and abductor-turned-spree killer who had schizophrenia inherited from his mother Miriam. This resulted in numerous hallucinations, including ones of innocent people committing heinous acts which drove him to kill them (though two of his victims actually were).
  • Season Thirteen


Real-world people who have/had schizophrenia.