What are the symptoms of schizophrenia?
Symptoms of schizophrenia usually start to appear when an individual is in their late teens or early adulthood. People with this mental disorder can also suffer from “episodes” or a period of time when their symptoms are active.
A schizophrenic episode can happen when a person has difficulty distinguishing between what is real and what isn’t.
The symptoms of schizophrenia fall into three categories namely:
Positive symptoms. These can happen when a person starts to experience a distorted sense of reality. Symptoms that fall under this category are disorganized speech or thoughts, hallucinations (when a person sees things that aren’t there), and delusions (when a person has a firm belief that is completely opposite to the reality of things).
Negative symptoms. Symptoms classified under negative symptoms are those related to an absence of motivation, pleasure, or interest in the world around them.
Cognitive symptoms. Having trouble focusing, processing information, or remembering things are all symptoms that fall under cognitive symptoms. As a result, people with schizophrenia can suffer from symptoms that can get in the way of their daily life.