Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that can affect how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. People with schizophrenia may seem like they have lost touch with reality. They may see or hear things that other people do not see or hear. They may believe things that are not true.
Symptoms of schizophrenia usually start in young adulthood, but can sometimes begin in childhood or late adolescence. Early symptoms of schizophrenia include:
• Withdrawal from friends and activities
• Lack of motivation
• Poor grades or performance at work or school
Depression, social withdrawal
Depression, social withdrawal, and anxiety are often the first signs of schizophrenia. People with schizophrenia may seem distant and withdrawn, or they may become more irritable, anxious, or even paranoid. They may stop going to work or school and start isolating themselves from friends and family. These changes can be gradual or sudden.
Hostility or suspiciousness, extreme reaction to criticism
Many experts believe that schizophrenia begins as a neurodevelopmental disorder. That is, the brain develops abnormally in utero or during childhood in people who eventually develop the illness. There is evidence that genetic factors play a role in the development of schizophrenia, as the disorder tends to run in families. Environmental factors may also contribute to the development of the illness, as people who experience certain types of stressors (such as traumatic events) during childhood are at increased risk for developing schizophrenia later in life.
Most people with schizophrenia do not have a history of violence or aggression, and most are not dangerous to others. However, some people with the illness may become hostile or suspicious, and may react extreme ley to criticism. This can be a very frightening symptom for family members and friends, and can make it difficult for those with schizophrenia to maintain relationships. If you are concerned about someone you know who is exhibiting these symptoms, it is important to seek professional help so that an accurate diagnosis can be made and appropriate treatment can be started.
Flat, expressionless gaze
Flat, expressionless gaze is often one of the first signs that something is wrong with a person. It can be hard to tell if someone is truly experiencing this symptom or if they are just pretending, but there are some key indicators that can help you tell the difference. For example, people with schizophrenia may have difficulty making eye contact or may avoid it altogether. They may also have a hard time keeping up with a conversation or appearing interested in what others are saying. Additionally, their gaze may be blank and unresponsive to external stimuli. If you notice any of these signs in someone you know, it’s important to seek professional help as soon as possible.
Inability to cry or express joy or inappropriate laughter or crying
Schizophrenia is a mental illness that can cause a person to have difficulty distinguishing between what is real and what is not. Symptoms of schizophrenia can include delusions, hallucinations, disorganized thinking, and social withdrawal. People with schizophrenia may also have problems expressing emotion or may laugh or cry inappropriately. The exact cause of schizophrenia is unknown, but it is thought to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Treatment for schizophrenia typically includes medication and psychotherapy.
Oversleeping or insomnia; forgetful, unable to concentrate
It’s unclear exactly how or when schizophrenia begins. Some people may be born with a genetic predisposition to the disorder, which means that they’re more likely to develop it than people without the same genetic makeup. Other risk factors for schizophrenia include exposure to certain environmental stressors during fetal development or early childhood, such as viral infections, malnutrition, and exposure to toxins. These stressors may interact with the individual’s genes to increase their risk of developing schizophrenia.
Most people with schizophrenia don’t have any clear symptoms in childhood. However, some people may experience mild symptoms during adolescence or young adulthood, such as social withdrawal, poor school performance, and odd or eccentric behavior. These early signs of schizophrenia are often mistaken for other mental health conditions like anxiety disorders or depression.
In some cases, people with schizophrenia may go through a period called prodromal phase before experiencing any full-blown psychotic symptoms. During this prodromal phase, they may exhibit behaviors that are out of character for them and experience changes in mood and sleep patterns. They may also become increasingly withdrawn from friends and family members.