who is watching T.V. and they feel like the people are talking directly to them. They also feel like they are in danger and that those people want to hurt them. There are also disorganized thinking which the person can’t organize their thoughts and they are very unusual and illogical. Lori Schiller had a time where a police officer stopped her for speeding and had appeared to her as a wild creature, with bugged-out eyes and hair standing on end. Sometimes peoples faces appeared and then became distorted, melting like wax and body parts looked like they were hanging off trees. Lastly, for positive symptoms, there are movement disorders in which a person may have agitated body movements. The person may also repeat movements or may even not move or talk for a while which is a rare condition called catatonia (NIMH 2016). Positive symptoms can be hard to notice and can come and go quickly. The second group is negative symptoms which are associated with disruptions to ones normal emotions and behaviors. These symptoms can be hard to detect and could be mistaken for depression or other conditions. These include no expression, having no smile or frown, just a blank face. There can be a lack of pleasure in life and activities, lack of sticking to plans and even speaking little to none even when it’s being forced onto them (NIMH 2016). People with negative symptoms have trouble with everyday tasks and need help in order to get things done.
What is Schizophrenia 4 Their personal hygiene can be affected by this and make them seem lazy to others and unable to help themselves. Lori couldn't do anything on her own because of how severely she had been away from the world. When she was at the hospital she would have the doctors bathe and dress her because otherwise she wouldn't do it voluntarily. Lori couldn't be trusted around sharp or hot objects for fear of hurting herself or others so cooking and crafts weren’t something she could do. She would even swallow anything that she thought might kill her including pennies laying around. So her room had nothing in it besides mattress so she wouldn’t hurt herself or others. She also resisted any kind of activities and would often throw fits of rage when she was in the hospital if forced to interact with others by her doctor. Her social skills would vary depending on how well she was doing that day. She always attempted to make friendships and keep them, but at times she couldn’t even stand to be around other people. Sometimes even voice’s were so strong convincing her that her friends were only making fun of her or out to get her. Lastly, the third group is cognitive symptoms which are similar to the negative symptoms as in they are hard to detect. People who have cognitive symptoms have trouble keeping a job or even taking care of themselves. In The Quiet Room, Lori tried to work but couldn't keep a job due to the terrible emotional outburst if she went off her medications. Also being highly medicated made her tired and unaware of her surroundings which lead to her not being able to keep a job. Other symptoms include, difficulty making decisions, paying attention and problems
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