Symptoms of schizophrenia - Miracle Health Care And Wellness Centre

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A medical or mental health professional may use the following terms when discussing the symptoms of schizophrenia.

 Positive symptoms

Positive symptoms are disturbances that are “added” to the person’s personality.

 Delusions: 

False ideas-  individuals may believe that someone is spying on him or her, or that they are someone famous (or a religious figure).

 Hallucinations:

Seeing, feeling, tasting, hearing or smelling something that doesn’t really exist. The most common experience is hearing imaginary voices that give commands or comments to the individual.

 Disordered thinking and speech: 

Moving from one topic to another, in a nonsensical fashion. Individuals may also make up their own words or sounds, rhyme in a way that doesn’t make sense, or repeat words and ideas.

 Disorganized behaviour:

This can range from having problems with routine behaviors like hygiene or chosing appropriate clothing for the weather, to unprovoked outbursts, to impulsive and uninhibited actions. A person may also have movements that seem anxious, agitated, tense or constant without any apparent reason.

 

 Negative symptoms

Negative symptoms are capabilities that are “lost” from the person’s personality.

👉🏾Social withdrawal
👉🏾Extreme apathy (lack of interest or enthusiasm)
👉🏾Lack of drive or initiative
👉🏾Emotional flatness

 Complications
Left untreated, schizophrenia can result in severe problems that affect every area of life.
➡↪⏩ Complications that schizophrenia may cause or be associated with include:

👉🏾Suicide, suicide attempts and thoughts of suicide
👉🏾Self-injury
👉🏾Anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
👉🏾Depression
👉🏾Abuse of alcohol or other drugs, including tobacco
👉🏾Inability to work or attend school
👉🏾Legal and financial problems and homelessness
👉🏾Social isolation
👉🏾Health and medical problems
👉🏾Being victimized
👉🏾Aggressive behavior, although it’s uncommon.
 
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