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All You Need To Know About The Mental Illness Called Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness that affects how a person feel, think and behave also. Schizophrenia makes people experience distress symptoms and often times looks like they have lost touch with reality, causing them to lose touch of themselves, their family members, and friends. If condition is left untreated, the symptoms of schizophrenia can be persistent and disabling. However, effective treatments are available. When treatment is given in coordinated and consistent basis it can help affected individuals to engage in daily activities as he should, achieve independence, and enjoy cordial relationships. Schizophrenia may result in some combination of hallucinations, delusions, and extremely disordered thinking and behavior that impairs daily functioning, and can be disabling.

Symptoms of Schizophrenia

Onset of condition is characterized by psychotic behavior when individuals first display symptoms of schizophrenia.

Gradual changes in mood, thinking pattern and social functioning often begin before the first episodes and usually starts in mid-adolescence. It is common in male than female and usually occurs in late adolescence which is early twenties to early thirties. Symptoms further aggravate to negative then cognitive problems.

-Delusions. These are false beliefs that are not based in reality. For example, you think that you're being harmed or harassed; certain gestures or comments are directed at you; you have exceptional ability or fame; another person is in love with you; or a major catastrophe is about to occur. Delusions occur in most people with schizophrenia.

-Hallucinations. These usually involve seeing or hearing things that don't exist. Yet for the person with schizophrenia, they have the full force and impact of a normal experience. Hallucinations can be in any of the senses, but hearing voices is the most common hallucination.

-Disorganized thinking (speech). Disorganized thinking is inferred from disorganized speech. Effective communication can be impaired, and answers to questions may be partially or completely unrelated. Rarely, speech may include putting together meaningless words that can't be understood, sometimes known as word salad.

-Extremely disorganized or abnormal motor behavior. This may show in a number of ways, from childlike silliness to unpredictable agitation. Behavior isn't focused on a goal, so it's hard to do tasks. Behavior can include resistance to instructions, inappropriate or bizarre posture, a complete lack of response, or useless and excessive movement.

-Negative symptoms. This refers to reduced or lack of ability to function normally. For example loss of motivation, disinterest or lack of enjoyment in daily activities, social withdrawal, difficulty showing emotions, and difficulty functioning normally or lack the ability to experience pleasure.

-Cognitive symptoms include problems in attention, concentration, and memory. For some individuals, the cognitive symptoms of schizophrenia are subtle, but for others, they are more observable and interfere with activities like following conversations, learning new things, or remembering appointments. Specifically, individuals typically experience Difficulties in processing information to make decisions or Problems using information immediately after learning it.

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