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What is Schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is mental illness where those diagnosed often have trouble discerning real thoughts, behaviors, and actions, from those that are not . More often than not, it is lifelong condition that must be managed under a continuous medication schedule administered by medical professionals. Consequently, often leading to difficulty carrying out everyday tasks.

Symptoms & Warning Signs of Schizophrenia

Early onset symptoms of schizophrenia often occur between the ages of 16 to late 20’s / early 30s. Firstly, it is important to recognize the early warning signs & symptoms for those that have schizophrenia to properly deal with the illness as these symptoms occur. 

All in all, patients often suffer from Delusions, Hallucinations, Disorganized thinking & Disorganized Motor Behavior. 

Delusions in Schizophrenia:

Sometimes, actively engaging in thoughts or beliefs that contradict reality. Delusions can manifest themselves in many different ways. 

Examples:

  • Furthermore, thinking that family & friends have a vendetta against you, or that they are plotting a grand conspiracy against you.  
  • Irrational sense of self importance, or thinking that you are a celebrity or extremely powerful or influential figure. This can also manifest itself by believing that someone is in love with you when they are not.  

Oftentimes, these delusions do not take into consideration objective facts and can cause an added layer of difficulty for those trying to help the situation. 

Hallucinations With Schizophrenia:

These can be described as someone actively seeing or hearing things that are not actually present. 

Examples:

  • Particularly, hearing voices inside your head & actively listening to suggestions of those voices.
  • Moreover, one may attest to visually seeing figures in a room that are not actively there.

One might think that objectively the person should be able to tell the difference between a voice that is not there, but those affected typically have a difficult time distinguishing between what is real and what is not. The hallucinations can potentially carry the same weight & impact of a real life experience. 

Disorganized Speech:

This is characterized as abnormal communication patterns. Whereas speech and communication come across as strange to the perceptions of normal standards

Examples:

  • At times you may experience the inability to speak or lack the ability to put together coherent sentences. 

Abnormal Motor Behavior:

This refers to a complete loss of control over certain bodily functions. 

Examples

  • You may lose control of individual body parts, in certain extreme cases, such as severe catatonia, you may experience complete immobility of all bodily function.  

Sources:

1. https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/schizophrenia

The Information above contains excerpts from the above website. 

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