Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that is characterized by unusual thoughts, paranoia, hallucinations and unusual bodily movements. Scientists believe that the disorder is caused by issues with the neurotransmitters in the brain, and that there is a genetic component involved, meaning that schizophrenia can be passed down through various generations. Unlike schizophreniform, the hallucinations and other symptoms are present for more than 6 months without abating, although medications and therapies can help with them.
Some of the symptoms of schizophrenia are:
- Trouble focusing and paying attention
- Showing little to no emotion
- Speaking a monotone, non-emotional voice (flat effect)
- Making repetitive motions
- Having delusions and/or hallucinations
- Showing signs of disorganized thinking
The symptoms of schizophrenia can be treated in several different ways, including pharmacologically, as well as with talk therapy, behavioural therapy, and rehabilitation. The best methods of treatment will be decided upon after a thorough assessment has been completed.
If you or a loved one have the symptoms of schizophrenia, please do not wait to get help. Call one of Insight Psychological’s five offices (Red Deer, Spruce Grove, Edmonton South, Edmonton North, and Calgary) today.