Schizophrenia is a serious disorder that affects how you think, feel, and act. You may have a hard time knowing what is real and what is not. You might have trouble expressing normal emotions.
Signs of Schizophrenia
Signs of schizophrenia are not the same for everyone. Symptoms can happen slowly or show up suddenly. People usually have their first “episode” in their teens or twenties.
Early Warning Signs
- Hearing or seeing something that is not there
- Feeling like you are being watched
- Strange way of speaking or writing
- Feeling indifferent (not caring) about important situations
- Poor performance at school or work
- Not keeping up with personal hygiene
- Personality changes
- Withdrawing from social situations
- Not able to sleep or concentrate
- Inappropriate or bizarre behavior
- Obsession over religion or the paranormal
A medical professional can diagnose specific symptoms of schizophrenia. If you or someone you know is showing signs, it is important to get help right away. Early treatment can mean a better outcome in the future.
Treatment for schizophrenia can help you lead a productive and fulfilling life. Common types of treatment include:
- Case management
- Psychiatric rehabilitation
- Self-help groups
- Drop-in centers
- Housing and employment programs
- Crisis services
- Antipsychotic medicine
Get more information about schizophrenia from Mental Health America.
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This article is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose conditions or to be a substitute for professional medical advice. If you think you might have a behavioral health condition, please seek help from a medical professional.