Schizophrenia is characterized by a broad range of unusual behaviors that cause profound disruption in the lives of the patients suffering from the condition and in the lives of the people around them. Schizophrenia strikes without regard to gender, race, social class or culture.
Not everyone who has schizophrenia experiences every symptom. Some people experience a few symptoms, some many. The severity of symptoms varies with individuals and also varies over time. The top 10 signs of schizophrenia are:
- Delusions (believing things that are not true)
- Hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not there)
- Disorganized thinking
- Disorganized speech (e.g., frequent derailment or incoherence)
- Grossly disorganized or catatonic behavior
- Lack of drive or initiative
- Social withdrawal
- Emotional unresponsiveness
One of the most important kinds of impairment caused by schizophrenia involves the person’s thought processes. The individual can lose much of the ability to rationally evaluate his surroundings and interactions with others. There can be hallucinations and delusions, which reflect distortions in the perception and interpretation of reality. The resulting behaviors may seem bizarre to the casual observer, even though they may be consistent with the schizophrenic’s abnormal perceptions and beliefs.
Grohol, J. (2007). Top 10 Signs of Schizophrenia. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 8, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/lib/top-10-signs-of-schizophrenia/0001016
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 30 Jan 2013
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