Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder

It is a psychotic disorder without insight.

Common symptoms are:

  • Delusions (strange beliefs that the person refuses to give up, even when they get the facts)
  • Hallucinations (sensing things that aren’t real, such as hearing voices)
  • Disorganized thinking
  • Odd or unusual behavior
  • Slow movements or not moving at all
  • Lack of emotion in facial expression and speech
  • Poor motivation
  • Problems with speech and communication

Schizophrenia changes how you think, feel, and act. It might affect you differently from someone else. The symptoms can come and go, too. No one has all of them all of the time.

They usually start between ages 16 and 30. Men often get them earlier than women.

When the disease is in full swing and symptoms are severe, the person with schizophrenia can’t tell what’s real and what’s not. This happens less often as they get older.

People with the condition usually aren’t aware that they have it until a doctor or counselor tells them. They won’t even realize that something is seriously wrong. If they do happen to notice symptoms, like not being able to think straight, they might chalk it up to things like stress or being tired.

If you’re concerned that you or someone you know is showing signs of schizophrenia, talk to psychiatrist.