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Schizophrenia: Causes And Symptoms You Must Take Note Of

A person with Schizophrenia would face difficulty in differentiating from reality and delusion, whereas a person with a normal brain functioning would be able to do that easily.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Schizophrenia can be divided into five subtypes
  2. It can cause both positive and negative symptoms
  3. It can make the patient go through social withdrawal

Schizophrenia is a brain disorder wherein you "lose the touch with reality." It can be caused through various biological, psychological or social factors. Both male and females are equally likely to have schizophrenia but studies show early onset in males than females. It usually occurs between the ages of 16-30, which is known to be the transitional stage of life. There can be different theories of how this brain disorder develops, but the research is yet to be completed.

The question arises, how the brain of a person who has schizophrenia is different from a person who doesn't? Typically, a person with Schizophrenia would face difficulty in differentiating from reality and delusion, whereas a person with a normal brain functioning would be able to do that easily. There are five subtypes of schizophrenia:

1. Paranoid Schizophrenia- an exhibition of anger, anxiety and paranoid behaviour.


2. Disorganized Schizophrenia- disorganised communication and difficulty in understanding.

3. Catatonic Schizophrenia- high risk; either maximal movement or no movement.

4. Undifferentiated Schizophrenia- exhibit different types of schizophrenia at the same moment, example: delusional along with paranoid schizophrenia.

5. Residual Schizophrenia- the person with a history of schizophrenia likely to resume back the symptoms or has already resumed.

Also read: Do Not Ignore These 8 Early Warning Signs Of Mental Illness

Schizophrenic Symptoms 

Generally, people with Schizophrenia do not appear to be ill, but certain warning signs and symptoms gradually disclose the person's illness. It can be divided into 3 categories:

1. Positive Symptoms

These symptoms are called as 'positive' as they act as an addition to the overall behaviour of an individual. Subcategories of these symptoms are as follows:

1. Hallucinations: There can be different kinds of hallucinations like visual hallucinations; wherein the person experiences false visual imageries. Other types can be an auditory hallucination, where people start to hear false sounds or voices which determine their behaviour, and olfactory hallucination; in which people smell and taste things which are absent from their environment.

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Schizophrenia can make you experience hallucinations
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2. Delusions: They also can be of different types which majorly revolve around the idea of false beliefs.

  • The delusion of persecution: belief of being harmed by an organization or group persistently.
  • The delusion of grandeur: belief of being controlled by an authority or an authoritative figure.
  • Somatic Delusion: belief of being a sufferer of any disorder without any cause or evidence.

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3. Catatonia: This symptom appears as a toss and turns between maximal movement and minimal or no movement at all. There can be many symptoms explaining catatonic behaviour like waxy flexibility; which means that a posture is maintained until it is changed again or Catatonic Stupor; where a person displays no motor movement at all.

2. Negative Symptoms

When there is a shortage of certain behaviour displayed by an individual, they are known to be Negative symptoms of Schizophrenia. Subcategories of these symptoms include:

1. Social Withdrawal: Generally people, who show a lack of social interest, like not going out with friends more often, not interacting much with people and being to themselves. This may also be termed as Apathy.

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Negative symptoms of schizophrenia include social withdrawal
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2. Flat or Blunt effect: This is explained as having trouble while talking to a person and expressing emotions in the speech. They usually show flat or no facial emotions at all while responding.

3. Anhedonia: Lack of pleasure in any activity which would usually interest a person or feeling unmotivated.

Also read: Living Alone? Not So Good For Your Mental Health: Here's How

3. Cognitive and Affective Symptoms

1. Difficulty in understanding: People with schizophrenia suffer from difficulty in understanding and comprehending things in life. They often get easily distracted.

2. Difficulty in expressing thoughts: While expressing something, they face huge challenges due to flat effect or other negative symptoms.

3. Other symptoms include anxiety type behaviour which shows the effects such as having suicidal thoughts and also overlaps with depression.

Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. NDTV does not claim responsibility for this information.

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