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Symptoms & Behaviors of Schizophrenia

Updated on December 29, 2016

Positive Symptoms of Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a disorder that affects a person's brain, 1% of Americans have this severe brain disorder. A person with schizophrenia may have episodes when they hear voices that no one else hears. People with schizophrenia may seem fine until they are asked to talk about what they're thinking about. The positive symptoms of schizophrenia are psychotic behaviors that are unnoticed in healthy people. The symptoms come and go; people with positive symptoms often "lose touch" with the reality of life.

Positive Symptoms

  1. Thought disorders - are dysfunctional ways of thinking, this is when the person has a difficult time connecting with logical thinking.
  2. Hallucinations - are things that people with schizophrenia hears, sees, feels, or smells that no one else can hear, see, feel, or smell.
  3. Movement disorders - are movements that the person will repeat over and over again.
  4. Delusions - the person may have paranoid delusions and think that other people are trying to plot against them or the people that they care about. At times they may believe that they are someone else, such as a famous historical figure.

Negative Symptoms of Schizophrenia -

are associated with abnormal behaviors and emotions. Sometimes these symptoms can be mistaken for depression. The negative symptoms are:

  • Speaking little, even when forced to interact with others in conversation.
  • Lack of pleasure in everyday life.
  • The person talks in a dull voice; "flat affect."
  • Need assistance with everyday tasks.
  • They usual neglect their personal hygiene.

Behaviors of Schizophrenia
Behaviors of Schizophrenia

Behaviors of Schizophrenia

Cognitive symptoms are other schizophrenia behavior disorders. Cognitive symptoms include problems with the "working memory," and people with schizophrenia are not usually violent. But people with the symptoms of schizophrenia may most likely attempts suicide more often than other people. People with schizophrenia are mistaken for people that are affected by drugs. Drugs such as amphetamines, cocaine or marijuana may make symptoms of schizophrenia even worse.

Research studies have shown that smoking may make anti-psychotic drugs for schizophrenia less effective. Medical experts believe that schizophrenia is caused by family history, brain chemicals, and the environment. The environment factor involves malnutrition before birth, exposure to viruses, and problems during birth.

Some schizophrenia patients may not show symptoms until puberty. This is due to changes in the brain during puberty that triggers psychotic symptoms.

Schizophrenia is treated with an antipsychotic medication

Antipsychotic medication is taken in the form of liquid or a pill. People respond differently to antipsychotic medications. Sometimes the person may have to try different medications before staying with the one that is better for them. It's a great idea not to suddenly stop taking the antipsychotic medications until being weaned off slowly with a doctor's permission.

Psychotic treatments assist with forming and keeping relationships, communication, work, and taking care of self. Family members can assist the person to cope, problem solve, and remind to take medication properly. The help of a therapist is needed for the schizophrenic person to learn new ways of thinking and behavior.

Some people that have schizophrenia end up going to jail, or on the streets, and they don't receive the help that they really need. The best way to help a person with schizophrenia is to regularly let them know when they are doing something right. The things that the schizophrenic person is seeing that no one else sees are a reality to them. But a family member or friend can calmly tell them that they see things a differently than the person. People that have been diagnoses with schizophrenia may be asked to participate in clinical research.

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      Ann810 5 years ago from Sunny Cali

      Hi Klurbauer, I agree the word should be spread about schizophrenia, because some people live with those that have it, and it should be treated immediately. Thanks for your comment.

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      klurbauer 5 years ago from Brink of Insanity ;)

      Hey, good hub. I've written one article on schizophrenia and I'm glad to see others do the same. It is personal to me as I have a relative suffering from this disorder, so I appreciate seeing others spread the word. Hopefully, it will help lessen the stigma attached to this and other mental disorders. Voted up!