Schizophrenia is a complex psychotic disorder marked by sudden changes in thinking, emotions, and behavior lasting six months or longer. Schizophrenia involves psychosis, or when a person can’t tell the difference between what’s real and imagined.
Symptoms of schizophrenia are classified as:
- Positive, or excessive distortion or function: delusions, hallucinations, and bizarre thinking and behavior
- Negative, or reduced function: lack of speech, lack of emotion or expression, or withdrawal
Specifically, people with schizophrenia may have:
- Catatonic (unresponsive) movement or expression
- Childlike or excessive movement or postures
- Difficulty telling dreams, or even TV shows, from reality
- Exaggerated self-worth or unrealistic sense of superiority
- Impaired judgement and substance abuse
- Incoherent or derailed conversations
- Monotone speech
- Neglected personal hygiene
- Social isolation
- Unshakable suspicions that someone, or something, will cause harm
- Visions or voices that are not there
Early signs of schizophrenia in teens include withdrawal from family and friends, and poor academic performance. Treatment can involve inpatient (hospital stay) and outpatient (clinic) therapies.
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