A serious and complicated mental health illness, schizophrenia is characterized by a wide range of behaviors and can create a profoundly negative impact on the life of the patient experiencing the condition, as well as their family members and loved ones. It can happen to anyone, regardless of race, gender, culture, or social class.
Not every case of schizophrenia looks the same, and signs of the condition do vary from person to person. It is estimated that a little over one percent of the population across the United States is diagnosed with this mental health illness over the year. Just over 60% of those with schizophrenia seek treatment. This generally includes psychotherapy combined with prescribed psychiatric medications.
When it comes to males, signs of schizophrenia generally surface in their mid-20s. Meanwhile, females tend to see symptoms pop up in their late 20s. Overall, signs of schizophrenia can emerge in teens; however, it is rare for kids to be diagnosed with the condition. It’s also quite uncommon for someone to see the condition surface at the ages of 45+.
If the condition is not diagnosed and treatment is not sought, symptoms can worsen over time. Then there are also periods of severity with signs of schizophrenia, and remission. Some symptoms of the condition will always be present in certain cases, regardless of treatment.
Below is an overview of the top 10 signs of schizophrenia.
Defined as a lack of concern, interest, or enthusiasm, a schizophrenic can express apathy even while being treated for the disorder. This sign can contribute to depression, and excessive psychiatric medications can contribute to this sign of schizophrenia. Also considered a “negative” symptom of the condition, those with schizophrenia simply do not expect activities to be enjoyable. This causes patients to disengage from seeking to participate in pleasurable activities. While they might be able to enjoy something, as they do not anticipate pleasure, they simply withdraw from the idea of having “fun” or doing “fun things”.
This lack of interest can include the simplest daily activities, too. Schizophrenic patients lose interest, become withdrawn, and don’t “try” to engage in anything that might bring them happiness, because they simply anticipate that it won’t.