a serious physiological disorder
different kinds a schizophrenia
· There are three major subtypes of schizophrenia, each classified by their most prominent symptom:
· Catatonic schizophrenia: The hallmark of cationic schizophrenia is a disturbance in movement: either a decrease in motor activity, reflecting a stupors state, or an increase in motor activity, reflecting an excited state.
· Disorganized schizophrenia: Disorganized schizophrenia generally appears at an earlier age than other types of schizophrenia. Its onset is gradual, rather than abrupt, with the person gradually retreating into his or her fantasies.
· The distinguishing characteristics of this subtype are disorganized speech, disorganized behavior, and blunted or inappropriate emotions. People with disorganized schizophrenia also have trouble taking care of themselves, and may be unable to perform simple tasks such as bathing or feeding themselves.
· Paranoid schizophrenia: The defining feature of paranoid schizophrenia is absurd or suspicious ideas and beliefs. These ideas typically revolve around a coherent, organized theme or “story” that remains consistent over time. Delusions of persecution are the most frequent theme, however delusions of grandeur are also common.
summary on schizophrenia
· Schizophrenia is a severe, chronic, and generally disabling brain and behavior disorder. It is most accurately described as a psychosis, a type of illness that causes severe mental disturbances that disrupt normal thoughts, speech, and behavior. Schizophrenia is believed to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Scientists think interactions between genes and the environment are necessary for schizophrenia to develop.They may see or hear things that don’t exist, speak in strange or confusing ways, believe that others are trying to harm them, or feel like they’re being constantly watched. With such a blurred line between the real and the imaginary, schizophrenia makes it difficult even frightening to go about the activities of daily life. In response, people with schizophrenia may withdraw from the outside world or act out in confusion and fear.
early warning signs
Warning signs that may indicate someone is heading toward an episode of schizophrenia include:
- · Social isolation and withdrawal
- · Irrational, bizarre or odd statements or beliefs
- · Increased paranoia or questioning others' motivations
- · Becoming more emotionless
- · Hostility or suspiciousness
- · Increasing reliance on drugs or alcohol (in an attempt to self-medicate)
- · Lack of motivation
- · Speaking in a strange manner unlike themselves
- · Inappropriate laughter
- · Insomnia or oversleeping
- · Deterioration in their personal appearance and hygiene