Growing up with a grandmother who had schizophrenia, it made me aware of many things that can actually go undetected for many years. It’s a slow developing process but it has been found in children as young as five because it’s hereditary. Although there’s no prevention plan against the disorder, there’s only a 10% chance it can be passed along.
For years people have misunderstood mental health issues as something to fear, often times fearing those with psychiatric disorders like schizophrenia but most of the misunderstanding could possibly be contributed to horror films or crime-related shows where the plot was to allegedly insinuating a connection between criminal behaviors with behavioral disorders. Although in reality there are many crimes associated with psychiatric disorders, schizophrenics are quite the opposite to sociopaths or psychopaths where aggression is the key element. The difference in the behavior was characterized well on the comedy classic, The Bob Newhart Show , who tastefully made light schizophrenia without being insensitive or offensive.
Just to understand my experience with my relative, here are five signs of schizophrenia:
- Early signs could include anxiety, depression, irritation and insomnia. They are also loners and very anti-social at times, finding it difficult to networking with others or growing a bond with people, even with relatives.
- As it develops over a period of time they may find it difficult to stay focused or brainstorm which makes it challenging for them to control their emotional outburst that’s caused by mood swings and frustration over small things.
- A major myth regarding schizophrenia patients is they all experience hallucinations or bizarre delusional behaviors. They do become paranoid at times but it mainly comes from the lack of trust they have in people, which is part of the reason why they have problems communicating with others; they’re unable to express themselves freely.
- One of the most complex symptoms is their inability to complete a thought. A lot of the signs and symptoms mimic A.D.D. (Attention Deficit Disorder) but schizophrenics become very agitated when they’re unable to communicate accurately. They become easily distracted, so listening to them closely may be very difficult.
- Lastly, they’re very suicidal. Due to the constant pressure they’re under to be as “normal” as possible, they become very depressed in the process.
Disclaimer: This is not a form of self-diagnosis. This article was based personal experience. You should consult with a doctor about any similar symptoms mentioned in this article that you may be experiencing.