You’ve probably wondered why people sound just out of place. Like does this guy/girl hear himself when he speaks? He sounds just off.

Welllll(drumroll!), introducing Mr Schizo.

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Schizophrenia is a disorder that affects a person’s ability to reason probably. In most cases, it is characterized by thoughts that seem out of touch with reality including disorganized speech or behaviour.

There’s also difficulty with concentrating and memory loss may be present.

It’s important that it is identified early because it is a serious mental disorder that requires lifelong treatment.

To know if you or anyone you know is schizophrenic, these are some signs to look out for.

Delusions

These are false beliefs that are not based in reality. For example, you think that you’re being harmed or harassed; certain gestures or comments are directed at you; you have exceptional ability or fame; another person is in love with you, or a major catastrophe is about to occur. When you feel like this without any rational reason behind it, you just might be schizophrenic.

Hallucinations

These usually involve seeing or hearing things that don’t exist. Yet for the person with schizophrenia, they have the full force and impact of a normal experience. Hallucinations happen and they seem real to them.

These hallucinations can be in any of the senses, but hearing voices is the most common hallucination.

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Disorganized thinking (speech)

Disorganized thinking is inferred from disorganized speech. Effective communication can be impaired, and answers to questions may be partially or completely unrelated. Sometimes, speeches may include putting together meaningless words that can’t be understood, which is known as word salad.

Extremely disorganized or abnormal motor behaviour

This may show in a number of ways, from childlike silliness to unpredictable agitation. Behaviour isn’t focused on a goal, so it’s hard to do tasks. Behaviour can include resistance to instructions, inappropriate or bizarre posture, a complete lack of response, or useless and excessive movement.

Just know that symptoms may vary but these are mostly present.

For Females, symptoms may start in their early 20s and for males, in their mid-twenties. If you’ve noticed any of these, do seek medical attention because prevention is better than cure Charley.

And don’t be quick to judge, it might really not be someone’s fault that they act weird.

If you notice you have or may know someone with any of these tendencies, you should see a doctor.

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