What is Schizophrenia?
What are the symptoms of Schizophrenia?
1. Positive Symptoms:
hallucinations, including hearing voices and smelling odd things that others don’t smell. Also, to a lesser extent, seeing other things that other people do not see.
individuals with schizophrenia often hear voices of people they know, and the voices often say negative things.
2. Negative Symptoms:
People with schizophrenia may lose motivation to do many day-to-day tasks.
They may lose their joy of life and become emotionless. Both with emotions and facial expressions.
3. Disorganized Symptoms:
People with schizophrenia may talk in ways that are difficult to understand.
They may also be hard to follow and jump from topic to topic without completing sentences.
They may engage in behavior that looks odd, or doesn’t make sense to most people. Such as digging through rubbish or wearing strange clothing.
What Causes Schizophrenia?
What treatments are available?
Most people with schizophrenia will need to take antipsychotic medication. The two main categories of medications for schizophrenia are typical antipsychotic drugs and atypical antipsychotic drugs. Both types of drugs seek to balance brain chemicals involved in schizophrenia. Both drugs decrease the positive symptoms of schizophrenia. However, the atypical antipsychotics tend to have fewer side effects and work on negative symptoms as well. People with schizophrenia may have to try several different types of medications before finding one that works well for them.