What is Schizophrenia?
Schizophrenia is a group of disorders with variable signs and symptoms, the manifestations of which differ across patients and over time, with severe and long lasting effects. It involves changes in one’s thoughts, cognition, emotions, perception and behavior.
Are Hallucinations and paranoia the only symptoms of schizophrenia?
No. Schizophrenia includes a variety of symptoms, including-
- Hallucinations- visual, auditory, olfactory, tactile and gustatory.
- Disorganized speech
- Disorganized or catatonic behavior
- Negative symptoms
If the individual has any two or more of these symptoms for at least a period of 1 month, with continuous signs of disturbance persisting for 6 months, then the person may have this illness.