Things the eye cant see SCHIZOPHRENIA

What is Schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is a chronic and severe mental disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. People with schizophrenia may seem like they have lost touch with reality.

The Symptoms

Symptoms of schizophrenia usually begin between ages 16 and 30. It is rare, but children may get it as well. The symptoms are also catorgorized in three different formats (Positive, Negative and Cognative).

"Positive" Symptoms

“Positive” symptoms are psychotic behaviors not generally seen in healthy people. People with positive symptoms may “lose touch” with reality. The positive symptoms are hallucinations, delusions, and thought or movement disorders.

"Negative" Symptoms

“Negative” symptoms are known as disruptions to normal emotions and behaviors. The negative symptoms include reduced expressed emotion, reduced feelings of pleasure from life, difficulty beginning or sustaining activities, and reduced speaking.

"Cognitive" Symptoms

For some patients, the cognitive symptoms are low. However, they are more severe patientsm and they may notice changes in their memory or other parts of their thinking. The symptoms include trouble focusing, poor ability to understand information, or problems with the patients' memory

A Personal Story

Ed, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia, spent 3 years more in the hospital than out. He was unable to see any friends, and when he did see his friends at a party, he spent most of the party crying. A friend then came over to his apartment almost everyday, and for the first time since the beginning of his illness, he was able to be happy engaging with someone else. After this, he was able to get his life somewhat back together, and he is trying for a long term recovery.

Reflect on how this would be for you. Think of the trouble people with this illness go through with their everyday lives.

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