- Mental Health
3 ways to tell if you have Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that affects a small percentage of the population. People with this disorder tend to have an alternate view of reality. They are usually unaware of their condition, as their hallucinations appear as real as anything else in the real world to them. While this article provides you with a humorous approach to the symptoms, this disorder should not be taken lightly, as it worsens with time, with the patients increasingly losing their grip over reality.
People with this disorder might see imaginary people or things, and consider them real, so much that they might actually try introducing them to others. If you have seen the movie "A Beautiful Mind", a movie about John Nash (a Nobel prize winner), you will gain a better understanding of this symptom.
People with schizophrenia tend to have a very broken train of thought. They might shift very rapidly from one topic to another, even while speaking a single sentence. Their speech seems like a string of unrelated words, called 'word salad'. Sometimes however, this condition might make the patients appear highly creative and capable of generating ideas that might be impossible to do for a normal person.
Catatonia is a condition where the patient remains in a pose, often seemingly uncomfortable or bizarre for minutes or sometimes hours on end. Alternately, they might repeatedly shift over a set of poses.
While this article might seem funny, it is very important that people with these symptoms consult a doctor immediately. The disorder is treated with anti-psychotics, and the symptoms are considerably reduced in less than a fortnight. The patients are also treated with cognitive behavioral therapy, which lessens the dependence on medicines. With modern advances in the field of medicine, people with schizophrenia these days tend to have a lifestyle that is a lot better than what they would have 20 years ago.