Most people recognise schizophrenia as a disintegration of the thought processes and emotional responsiveness and is often associated with hallucinations and delusions. Depending on which symptoms present and how severe the symptoms are Schizophrenia can affect how a person functions in many aspects of life.
Working with a Clinical Psychologist can help people suffering from schizophrenia to improve their social skills and self-esteem, and learn more about the mental health issues that may accompany the condition.
What is Schizophrenia?
Schizophrenia most commonly manifests through delusions, hallucinations, disorganised speech and thinking, and paranoia.
Studies have proven that schizophrenia may cause sufferers to lose brain tissue, especially within the first 2 years. A study also found that people with schizophrenia had brains that were slightly smaller than the average person. In the same study, the antipsychotic medications were linked to even greater loss of brain tissue. Recent research has provided evidence which also links schizophrenia to other health issues, including an overactive immune system and diabetes, proving that the condition impacts the whole body and not just the mind.
There are several misconceptions about the condition, which cause people with schizophrenia to face certain stigmas. These prejudiced views often make it a lot more difficult for those affected to acknowledge they need help and to receive treatment.
Schizophrenia manifests as a wide range of symptoms which vary in type and severity. The symptoms of this condition also change as it progresses. Some common symptoms include:
- Delusions of reference: believing that you have a special relationship with a particular object.
- Delusions of persecution: Believing that you are in danger.
- Delusions of control: Believing that someone or something is trying to control you.
- Delusions of grandeur: believing that you are superior to those around you.
- Disorganised speech
- Disorganised actions and movements