In men, the symptoms of the disorder typically starts from the early to mid-20s, while in women, the symptoms typically begins at the late 20s. It is very uncommon for children to be diagnosed with the Schizophrenia and rare for those people aged above 45 years. Schizophrenia involves various problems with thinking (cognitive), behavior or emotions. The symptoms may include.
Delusions – it is the case where an individual develops false beliefs that do not base on any reality. As an example, belief that you are being harmed or harassed, or having certain gestures or comments directed t your way. Delusions are common to patients diagnosed with Schizophrenia, occurring in more than 90% of all those that have the disorder.
Hallucinations – it is the habit of producing sounds or other sensations. The patient experiences as real when they only exist in the person’s mind. The while the hallucinations may involve any of the five senses, the auditory hallucinations are the most common, whereby a patient hears voices or some other sound.
Disorganized speech – it is a kind of fragmented thinking as a characteristic of schizophrenia. It is externally experienced in the manner of which a person speaks. The person diagnosed with Schizophrenia tends to be having problems with concentrating and maintaining a train of thought. The person may respond to a query by providing an unrelated answer, speak incoherently, and say illogical things.
Disorganized behavior – Schizophrenia is known to be disrupting on the goal-directed activity, thus causing some impairments to the ability of the person taking care of his or herself, inability to perform work, and inability of interacting with others. Disorganized behavior may appear in form of a decline in the overall daily functioning, inappropriate emotional responses, having no purpose, and lack of impulse control.