To discover the early signs of schizophrenia is not easy. This is because there is no specific sign that would manifest in a person to say that he has this mental disorder but rather a variety of signs must be present to develop the disorder. It is common for early signs to progress as early as the late teen stage to the early twenties. With the help of expert physicians, the early signs can be treated. People with schizophrenia as well as their family members suffer from stress in dealing with the illness especially when it develops instantly. Thus, it is important to be educated on the early signs so as to eliminate doing self-diagnosis and instead seek assistance from medical specialists.
There are actually five prominent early signs of schizophrenia.
- Negative symptoms are not related to the attitude of the patient; it is a lack of feelings or actions. These are commonly manifested through social withdrawal, non-existence of conversation, absence of emotional expression and degeneration in personal hygiene.
- Hallucinations involve in the least of the five senses but the most common is the auditory. Typically, hallucination is in the manner of voices being heard by schizophrenic that does not actually exists. This is because the reception in the brain is starting to deteriorate; responding to false sensory inputs.
- Delusion is the forged impression concerning anything about the patient. An example of this is that patient would sometimes believe that they are heroes with super powers or they are well-known personalities. Logic to thoughts is lacking.
- Disorganized speech is an external manifestation typify by trouble in concentrating, muddled flow of thought or continuously repeating what is being said.
- Disorganized behavior is the refusal to do the daily routines. There is significant change in the overall performance such incapability to take care of self, uphold usual interaction with other people and inappropriate emotional responses.
Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that may last long. There is no specific treatment method yet but only medications to control or reduce the symptoms. Thus, medical intervention in the early stage is highly recommended. At some stage of the illness, some of the signs may disappear but there is also an immense possibility of reappearing.
Lastly, it is very important that family members of a schizophrenic must have a full understanding and knowledge of the signs so that they can help the patient in managing and dealing with them.