Schizophrenia is a chronic mental disorder that can severely interfere with one’s life and the people surrounding them. Diagnosing Schizophrenia may be difficult, but understanding the symptoms and causes of Schizophrenia can reduce the stigma and bring forth proper diagnosis and treatment to those affected.
Although the exact causes of schizophrenia are unknown, research suggests that a combination of physical, genetic, psychological and environmental factors can make a person more likely to develop the condition.
There are many symptoms for Schizophrenia, including delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech, loss of interest, decrease in emotions, and learning impairments. These symptoms vary within the different categories of Schizophrenia, such as Paranoid, Catatonic, Disorganized, and Residual Schizophrenia.
The most common schizophrenia subtype is Paranoid Schizophrenia, which generally occurs at an older age. Common symptoms of Paranoid Schizophrenia are hearing voices and hallucinations, such as suspicion that others are plotting against them.
Disorganized Schizophrenics will have disorganized thought processes. When asked a question, they may respond with a completely unrelated answer. Disorganized schizophrenics may also have difficulty completing everyday tasks, such as putting on clothes or cooking a meal.
Catatonic schizophrenics may undergo hyperactivity with their movements and responses, such as imitating sounds and emotions they hear in their environment. On another spectrum, catatonic patients could also undergo catatonic stupor, showing a sudden decrease in movement. Oppositely, catatonic schizophrenics could also experience continuous repeated movements for purposeless actions.
When patients are able to return to a capable individual in society and their daily lives and is no longer exhibiting extreme symptoms, they are residual schizophrenics. Many treatments are available to alleviate the symptoms of Schizophrenia, including anti-psychotic medications and psychosocial treatments with psychiatric professional help. Consequently, there are new medications with clinical trials that may work for patients undergoing Schizophrenia.
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