Schizophrenia - • Disordered thoughts(Withdrawal...

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Schizophrenia Schizophrenia is psychiatric disorder that is characterised by disintegration of thought processes and of emotional responsiveness. It most commonly manifests as auditory hallucinations, paranoid or bizarre delusions, or disorganised speech and thinking, and is accompanied by significant social or occupational dysfunction. Symptoms Initially symptoms of Schizophrenia may be confused with other mental health problems, such as Bipolar Affective Disorder, Mania, Psychosis and Personality Disorders. Symptoms can be divided into two groups, negative (where normal behaviour is lost) and positive (where abnormal experiences occur). Negative symptoms tend to occur in people over a relatively long period of time and include:- Insomnia Difficulty concentrating Blunted affect Poverty of speech Anhedonia Lack of desire to form or maintain relationships Lack of motivation Positive symptoms tend to occur during a severe acute episode and include:- Delusionary thoughts
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Unformatted text preview: • Disordered thoughts (Withdrawal, Broadcasting and Insertion) • Disordered speech • Tactile, auditory, visual and olfactory hallucinations Symptoms can be different depending on the type of schizophrenia:-• Paranoid types often feel anxious, are more often angry or argumentative, and falsely believe that others are trying to harm them or their loved ones • Disorganized types have problems thinking and expressing their ideas clearly, often exhibit childlike behaviour, and frequently show little emotion • Catatonic types may be in a constant state of unrest, or they may not move or be underactive. Their muscles and posture may be rigid. They may grimace or have other odd facial expressions, and they may be less responsive to others • Undifferentiated types may have symptoms of more than one other type of schizophrenia • Residual types experience some symptoms, but not as many as those who are in a full-blown episode of schizophrenia....
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