Schizophrenia can be a debilitating disorder without adequate treatment. People who have this disease may have hallucinations in which they see, feel, smell or hear things that aren't really there. These can take the form of voices, shadows, people, creatures, or almost anything that you can imagine. These hallucinations can be very confusing for people with schizophrenia because they do not necessarily know the difference between the hallucination and reality. The most common type of hallucination is hearing voices that may tell someone to do things or make comments about their behaviors, or the person may hear multiple voices that seem to talk to each other.
People with schizophrenia may also believe in things that are not true. They may think that they have special talents or abilities, like the power to read minds or to see into the future. It's common for people with schizophrenia to believe that other people, the government, or aliens are watching them or are somehow "out to get them." These particular types of beliefs are known as paranoid delusions and can lead someone with schizophrenia to act in very strange ways. In general, people with schizophrenia continue to hold on these false beliefs despite other people trying to prove that they are not true.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
- Hearing or seeing something that isn’t there
- A constant feeling of being watched
- Peculiar or nonsensical way of speaking or writing
- Strange body positioning
- Feeling indifferent to very important situations
- Deterioration of academic or work performance
- A change in personal hygiene and appearance
- A change in personality
- Inappropriate or bizarre behavior
- Increasing withdrawal from social situations
- Irrational, angry, or fearful response to loved ones
- Inability to sleep or concentrate
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