Schizophrenia is defined by the American Psychiatric Association as a chronic brain disorder that can include delusions, hallucinations, trouble with thinking and/or concentration, and lack of motivation. A person who has schizophrenia may experience delusions that give rise to fears that others are plotting against them, leading them to have paranoia. According to Medical News Today, paranoid schizophrenia used to be classified by itself as a subtype of schizophrenia, but is now considered a symptom of the disorder.
Schizophrenia is when a person’s mind doesn’t agree with their reality. It impacts every aspect of a person’s life – work, relationships, and social engagement can be difficult to enact for a person who suffers from this disorder. A person with severe paranoia may believe that a coworker is trying to hurt or poison them, that their spouse or partner is cheating on them, that the government is spying on them, and more. Due to these fears, that person may feel compelled to withdraw themselves or live in isolation – which can be very detrimental to their health and wellbeing.
The following are symptoms of schizophrenia:
- Hearing things that are not real
- Unexplained anger
- Emotional disconnectedness
- Severe anxiety or agitation
- Argumentative behavior
- Violent tendencies
- Delusions of grandeur – such as believing that she or he has special powers
- Frequent suicidal thoughts and behavior
There is currently no cure for schizophrenia, although treatment can help individuals manage any symptoms that may be causing distress in their lives. Typical treatment for this disorder may involve medical care, psychotherapy, hospitalization, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), and social skills development training. Doctors first aim to help the person manage any unruly symptoms of schizophrenia, and then help the patient to understand themselves, their disorder, and those around them through psychotherapy. Therapy is a fantastic way for people work through any suppressed issues or concerns that are significantly impacting them.
If you believe that you may suffer from schizophrenia, please speak with a healthcare professional today. Speaking with someone may mean that you obtain medication that can help you manage your symptoms – leading you to feel more at ease with everyday life. Seeing a therapist could mean that you gain a better understanding of yourself and the world around you. There are many people and resources out there, all you have to do is take that first step and speak with someone today.
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