How can you identify Schizophrenia?
The onset of schizophrenia is gradual and not dramatic. However there are a few common symptoms which mark the illness.
Loss of interest and social withdrawal:
The person starts losing interest in his work, studies, family and friends. He is unable to concentrate, is irritable or looks vacant when questioned, stops going to work, often spends time wandering aimlessly or doing nothing, looking preoccupied or lost in thought. This is usually accompanied by a sharp fall in academic or work performance, disturbed sleep patterns and loss of appetite. The individual also begins to withdraw into himself, to shun company and social interaction of any sort.
Sometimes schizophrenia is identified by the patient’s fixed belief in something that is obviously untrue. He may believe that he is being persecuted, that people are conspiring against him at work; he may suspect his spouse’s fidelity and many take to watching her constantly; he may believe his thoughts are being controlled by some external force for instance, that a radio receiver is planted in his head. These beliefs will not be shaken by attempts to reason with him.