Symptoms of Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia symptoms are typically separated into 2 categories:
1. Positive symptoms: Feelings or behaviors that are usually not present,
- Believing that what other people are saying is not true (delusions)
- Hearing, seeing, tasting, feeling, or smelling things that others do not experience (hallucinations)
- Disorganized speech and behavior
2. Negative symptoms: A lack of feelings or behaviors that are usually present,
- Losing interest in everyday activities, like bathing, grooming, or getting dressed
- Feeling out of touch with other people, family, or friends
- Lack of feeling or emotion (apathy)
- Having little emotion or inappropriate feelings in certain situations
- Having less ability to experience pleasure
Schizophrenia affects people differently and symptoms can vary from person to person. Some people may have many symptoms, while others may only have a few.
Men diagnosed with schizophrenia usually start to show symptoms between their late teens and early 20s. Women usually develop symptoms during their mid-20s to early 30s.
If you're someone who thinks you might be struggling with schizophrenia, it is important to see a health care professional as numerous treatments are available.
If you're someone living with or loving an individual with schizophrenia, support is crucial. You cannot help your loved one if you're not taking care of yourself.