People with schizophrenia vary widely in their behavior as they struggle with an illness beyond their control.
Some Symptoms of Schizophrenia
- Delusions/false ideas – an individual may believe that someone is spying on him, or that they are famous
- Hallucinations – seeing, feeling, tasting, hearing or smelling something that doesn’t really exist. The most common experience is hearing imaginary voices that give commands or comments to the individual.
- Disordered thinking and speech – moving from one topic to another, in nonsensical fashion
- Social withdrawal
- Extreme apathy
- Lack of drive or initiative
- Emotional unresponsiveness
If you suspect someone is experiencing symptoms of schizophrenia, encourage them to see a medical or mental health professional immediately. Early treatment, even as early as the first episode, can mean a better long-term outcome.
Learn More About Schizophrenia Services at Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital
Please call the Outpatient Clinic with questions, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 918-491-3700. Laureate Hospital is available 24 hours/7 days for all emergencies at 918-481-4000.