10 Early Warning Signs of Schizophrenia

When you hear of the condition schizophrenia, the first thing you may think of is “split personalities” or “multiple-personalities, yet this particular manifestation of the mental illness only affects a small percentage of sufferers. Mayoclinic.org explains that schizophrenia is a severe brain disorder, where reality is interpreted with disordered thoughts, hallucinations and delusions. This usually results in odd behavior.

Schizophrenia typically develops in women during their late 20’s, whereas men tend to experience the onset in their early to mid 20’s. It more rarely occurs in children, or in individuals over the age of 45. Some similar characteristics found in depression, bipolar disorder and manic depression appear in this mental illness. This illness does not only affect the sufferer, loved ones are tested as they see their spouse, child or close friend change before their eyes.

There are 5 categories of the illness: paranoid schizophrenia, catatonic schizophrenia (either hyperactivity or extreme inactivity), disorganized schizophrenia (the inability to perform basic daily activities), residual schizophrenia and undifferentiated schizophrenia. The causes of schizophrenia are still uncertain yet there are some common traits. Genetics, biology (the balance of serotonin and dopamine in the brain) and viral infections may be factors. We will look at 10 early signs of schizophrenia.

10. Lifeless, socially isolated and withdrawn

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Everyone needs to have time to recharge their batteries, unplug and have quiet time in nature or reading a book. Yet patients who exhibit this behavior seek solitude for very different reasons. They may be running away from society, or have become completely addicted to the online world, refusing to embrace those within their lives.

9. Abnormal motor behavior 

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This odd external behavior serves as a red flag and may make others feel uncomfortable, some examples include: Laughing for no apparent reason, walking in circles, being extremely disorganized, pacing rapidly, staying in bed all day, staring without blinking for long periods of time, clumsy with poor motor skills and disorganized speech.