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What Is Schizophrenia?

Friday, 10 Jun 2011 04:13 PM

Schizophrenia is a mental disorder, which is also known as split personality. It is characterized by symptoms of disintegration of the thought process and emotional response.

This disorder is mainly characterized by hallucinations, which are usually auditory in nature. In some types of schizophrenia disorder, paranoid or bizarre delusions are also common. Some kind of social or professional dysfunction is always observed in schizophrenia. Genetics is one of the most common causes of schizophrenia. Schizophrenia disorders affect the cognition or perception of the sufferer and causes behavioral problems. The thinking is out of touch with reality. There are five types of schizophrenia.

They are:

1. Paranoid schizophrenia: The person experiences delusions or auditory hallucinations but does not have symptoms of disorganized schizophrenia.

2. Disorganized schizophrenia: Some symptoms of disorganized speech and behavior appear.

3. Catatonic schizophrenia: Here the person shows two or more symptoms, such as resistance to moving, difficulty in moving, excessive movement, abnormal movement, and repeating other’s word or activities.

4. Undifferentiated schizophrenia: In this type, two or more symptoms like delusion, hallucinations, disorganized speech or behavior, and strict behavior are present.

5. Residual schizophrenia: In this type, the person has a history of  schizophrenic symptoms, but current symptoms are different and milder. Intensity of old prominent schizophrenic symptoms has decreased significantly.

For more information on schizophrenia, see below:

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