According to Mental Health America, Schizophrenia is a medical condition affecting how someone thinks, acts or feel. Someone suffering from this condition may find it challenging to discern the difference between reality and imagination. It is neither a split personality nor a multiple personality, and most who suffer from the condition are not violent or dangerous.
Causes of schizophrenia are not from a bad childhood, bad parenting, severe trauma or lack of enthusiasm. Likely it’s a genetic factor coupled with some brain chemistry issues. Symptoms can vary widely from patient to patient.
There are five different kinds of schizophrenia
The person will be suspicious and feel that they are being watched or stalked.
This patient speaks or thinks incoherently yet, delusions may be absent. The person may flit from one topic to the next rapidly.
This patient will be withdrawn and may be mute, very negative and take on some very unusual body positions.
While not experiencing any delusions or hallucination, they may not be motivated or show any interest in life.
Schizo affective disorder
This person will have depression symptoms as well as schizophrenia symptoms.
Early Warning Signs and Symptoms of Schizophrenia
Seeing or hearing things that aren’t there.
Feel like they’re being watched.
Strange ways of speaking (making up words) or writing.
Odd body positions.
Important issues or situations may make them indifferent.
Academic and work performances may rapidly deteriorate.
Changes in personal hygiene or appearance.
It’s not unheard of for the person to have a complete change in personality.
Avoid social situations.
Often offer a response that is fearful, irrational or angry.
Pacing the floor at night and find it difficult to sleep or concentrate on any one thing.
Behaviors may be inappropriate and challenging to deal with.
Extreme preoccupation with occult or religious things, others feel uncomfortable around them.
Approximately one percent of the population will suffer from this condition. Out of the one percent, most of the people who suffer from the condition will be men.
The conditions usually attacks between the ages of 13 and 25 but may happen earlier in men than women.
If you notice any of the above mentioned symptoms for more than a few weeks it’s important to seek medical attention immediately. There are things that can be done to help you or your loved one. There is no known cure for the condition but, doctors can treat it with medications and forms of counseling and the person can go on to live a productive life.
Mental Health America
Personal Experience working in a hospital