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What Do You Need to Know About Schizophrenia

Updated on February 21, 2013

There is a lot of misconception around the world regarding the term schizophrenia. Most people think of it as some sort of madness but nothing could be further from the truth. Schizophrenia is a medical condition where the individual is unable to distinguish between the real world and the unreal world. The inability to think clearly and follow the accepted ways of society is a sign of schizophrenia.

This condition is found more in men than in women. The onset of this mental disorder starts mostly during late teens and early adulthood and there are instances where children are also affected by it. Childhood schizophrenia though is very rare and most parents with children who suffer from it do not recognize the symptoms.

There are so many misconceptions about schizophrenia and the eccentric behavior of individuals suffering from it makes people think of it as madness. Are there early warning signs or symptoms that one needs to look out for and is there a cure for it?

Symptoms of schizophrenia vary from depression, social withdrawal, inability to express emotions like crying or joy, speaking in a strange way, unable to concentrate, irrational statements, extreme reaction to criticism, which could even be violent, lack of personal hygiene and other inappropriate social behavior like crying aloud and laughing in a strange manner.

There are three distinct types of schizophrenia and they are known as paranoid schizophrenia, disorganized schizophrenia and catatonic schizophrenia. All of these have different symptoms and the treatment varies based on the type of schizophrenia one suffers from.

Let us look at the distinct symptoms of each type of schizophrenia, as this will enable us to prescribe a treatment suitable to treat this condition. Paranoid schizophrenia symptoms are absurd, suspicious ideas and beliefs.

The ideas and beliefs are supported by stories conceived by them and there is grandeur of delusion that accompanies most aspects of these stories. People who suffer from this schizophrenia type have trouble in relationships but they seem to have some sort of order in their behavior, which makes treatment easy.

Disorganized schizophrenia is disorganized speech and behavior, inappropriate emotions that border on been blunt and these individuals have trouble doing simple tasks like feeding themselves or having a bath.

The symptoms of catatonic schizophrenia are unique as individuals may hold a particular position for hours without moving, talk in a frenzied manner and at times indulge in violent behavior.

The causes of this disorder could be genetic, environmental, chemical imbalances in the brain and abnormal brain structure. Some schizophrenia individuals are known to be genius and their eccentric behavior is just a small part of their personality. A person with this disorder can lead a normal life with lots of help from loved ones.


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