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Symptoms of Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a complex mental health condition characterized by various symptoms that impact thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, often necessitating careful recognition and specialized care.

  • 28 Nov 2023
  • 3 min read

Have you ever heard of Schizophrenia? It’s a severe deal where your grip on reality goes for a toss. Imagine seeing things, believing things that aren’t real, and thoughts going haywire. It messes with your daily groove, making things pretty challenging.


In other words, this mental disorder makes individuals experience unusual perceptions/observations of reality. Often, people diagnosed with Schizophrenia demonstrate a mixture of perceptions, false beliefs, and exceptionally chaotic thinking and actions. These indications can significantly inhibit one’s daily life and have a devastating effect.


Living with Schizophrenia means ongoing treatment. Early treatment is critical — it helps keep symptoms in check and sets the stage for a better long-term outcome.


What are the Symptoms of Schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia brings a mix of challenges in thinking, behaviour, and emotions. Signs and symptoms vary but typically involve delusions, hallucinations, or disorganised speech. These signs of Schizophrenia show the ability to function normally is impaired.

  • Delusions

Delusions in Schizophrenia involve false beliefs detached from reality, such as paranoia, grandiosity, or impending catastrophe, commonly experienced by those with the condition.

  • Hallucinations

Schizophrenia often involves hallucinations, where individuals vividly perceive non-existent sights or sounds as if they were real, most commonly hearing voices but potentially affecting any sensory experience.

  • Disorganised thinking

Disorganised speech often reflects scattered thoughts, making meaningful conversations difficult and leading to nonsensical responses. Occasionally, it can resemble a jumble of unrelated words, known as “word salad,” though this is rare.

  • Extremely disorganised or abnormal motor behaviour

These manifestations can take various forms, including:

    • childlike playfulness
    • sudden restlessness
    • aimless behaviour

Such actions can hinder a person’s task performance. This may involve resistance to instructions, unusual postures, lack of response, or excessive movements.

  • Negative symptoms

Negative symptoms of Schizophrenia involve a decline in normal functioning, like neglecting hygiene, showing little emotion (avoiding eye contact, having a fixed expression, or speaking monotonously), losing interest in daily activities, withdrawing socially, and losing the ability to feel joy.

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There is no guaranteed means to prevent Schizophrenia, but maintaining compliance with the prescribed treatment can be instrumental in mitigating the likelihood of symptom worsening or recurrent episodes.


Are you concerned that someone you know might be dealing with Schizophrenia symptoms? You can offer support and help them connect with a good doctor or mental health pro.

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