- Depression and withdrawal from social activities
- Withdrawal from family and friends
- Strong reactions to any type of criticism
- Flat, expressionless gaze
- Crying or laughing at times that are inappropriate
- Insomnia or oversleeping
- Lack of concentration
- Loss of motivation
Learn to spot symptoms of schizophrenia
Schizophrenia is a chronic brain disorder that can affect anyone. 1% of the US population suffer from this serious and potentially disabling disorder. People affected by it may hear imaginary voices, see imaginary things or people, suffer from delusions, hallucinations and may even feel that other people control their thoughts. This can be very frightening and result in highly erratic behavior.
Early warning signs of schizophrenia
Symptoms of schizophrenia
Schizophrenia impacts various aspects of an individual and this includes their thinking, behavior and emotions. Here are some of the key symptoms:
These are false beliefs that the affected individual beliefs to be reality. The person may feel that someone is trying to harm or harass them. They could imagine themselves to possess an exceptional talent or fame. They might even imagine that someone is in love with them or that a major disaster is about to happen.
A person with schizophrenia may see or hear things that do not exist at all. These however appear to be a very real experience to them. There are many ways that one may hallucinate and feel through various senses, but the most common is hearing voices. They could feel invisible fingers touching them or even pain.
This can be seen from disorganized speech and the speech may be jumbled. It may be difficult to understand and in some cases may not make sense at all.
Abnormal body movements
Agitated or repetitive movements are a symptom of schizophrenia. There might also be inappropriate and bizarre body postures and a refusal to follow instructions.
This refers to the inability of a person with schizophrenia to function normally. Personal hygiene levels may fall and there may be no change in facial expression. The person may lack any interest in undertaking daily activities.