beliefs are not based in reality and usually involve misinterpretation of
perception or experience.
the most common of schizophrenic symptoms.
usually involve seeing or hearing things that don't exist, although
hallucinations can be in any of the senses. Hearing voices is the most common
hallucination among people with schizophrenia.
speaking and organizing thoughts may result in stopping speech midsentence or
putting together meaningless words, sometimes known as "word salad."
may show in a number of ways, ranging from childlike silliness to unpredictable
refers to a diminishment
or absence of characteristics of normal function. They may appear months or
years before positive symptoms. They include:
interest in everyday activities
1. Appearing to
ability to plan or carry out activities
3. Neglect of
5. Loss of
involves problems with
thought processes. These symptoms may be the most disabling in schizophrenia,
because they interfere with the ability to perform routine daily tasks. A
person with schizophrenia may be born with these symptoms, but they may worsen
when the disorder starts. They include:
1. Problems with
making sense of information
Schizophrenia also can affect mood,
causing depression or mood swings. In addition, people with schizophrenia often
seem inappropriate and odd, causing others to avoid them, which leads to social