As a society, we’re not always on the lookout for early symptoms associated with mental illness. Although mental illness isn’t always something that people feel comfortable talking about, it’s important to have knowledge of various mental illnesses and of the signs associated with them. The earlier that a person can detect a mental illness, the sooner they can seek help – potentially preventing them from distressing life experiences due to a lack of awareness. As one of the most commonly misdiagnosed mental disorders, signs of schizophrenia most often develop during teen years and less frequently during childhood.
These are the following early signs of schizophrenia:
- Sudden change in friends and drop in grades
- Sleeping difficulties
- Cognitive impairment
- Trouble distinguishing the difference between reality and fantasy
- Social isolation and withdrawal from others
- An increase in usual thoughts, perceptions, and suspicions
- Odd manner of thinking and speaking
- Paranoid ideas
- Family history of psychosis
A 2015 study conducted by researchers from London found that schizophrenic symptoms such as lack of motivation, flattening of emotional responses, reduction in speech and activity, and social withdrawal were linked to much of the disability that those with schizophrenia experience in daily life. Poor psychological functioning in addition to these symptoms increases a person’s chances of hospital admission, remission, and length of duration in treatment. If symptoms are caught early enough, a person may be able to begin taking prescribed medication and attending therapy sessions to learn effective tools towards managing the symptoms that are most distressing to them.
Treatment for schizophrenia often includes anti-psychotic medication; a psychiatrist may try different prescriptions to find out what works best for you. Psychosocial interventions will also be integrated, including: individual psychotherapy, social skills training, family therapy, and vocational rehabilitation. If you believe you exhibit a cluster of signs listed above, speak with a licensed psychiatrist to obtain a diagnosis. From there, you can attend a reputable treatment program and regain control back over your life.
Therapy is a primary component of treatment for rehabilitation from a substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder. Attending treatment with certified clinicians and counselors is critical for a full recovery. At one of New Vista Behavioral Health’s treatment providers, you are receiving exceptional care, held to a higher standard. Our programs result in better outcomes, ensuring a better recovery. For information call us today: 888-316-3665.