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Signs of Schizophrenia

Signs of Schizophrenia

When it comes to schizophrenia, it’s easy for anyone to open up browser and search the internet for a list and explanations of all of the various symptoms. However, most often that is not really the end goal of the searcher. They want to know what some of the warnings signs of schizophrenia are, not the fully developed constellation of symptomatic expression. The difference may seem slight, and truthfully it is a small difference. However, the difference lies not within the information but the presentation of the information. The searcher needs not a scientific, jargon-riddled, medical research paper, but a description of these warning signs in laymen’s terms that are easily understandable. Without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the problems that could be arising in the early periods of the development of schizophrenia that could serve as a preemptive warning to family members, friends, and the individual him or herself.

Signs of Schizophrenia Observable By An Outsider

When referring to an “outsider,” we are talking about a friend or family member who is familiar with the normal behavioral patterns of the suspected person. These following signs must be divergences from the usual mode of operation for the individual and must persist for some amount of time to be considered consistent and constant.

For instance, has the person in question begun disregarding or treating their body in a manner unusual to their regular routine, such as the sudden shaving of the head or hair from other or all parts of the body? Have they become overly interested or have lost motivation in maintaining proper hygiene, such as brushing their teeth, bathing themselves, or wearing the proper clothing? Have they begun staring or making excessive eye contact without blinking? Or perhaps they are blinking far too frequently? These are just some of the possibilities you may have begun to notice, and by themselves they are not conclusive. However, in addition to many of the other changes you may begin to build a case that suggests a visit to a psychologist is in order. Let’s look at some other changes.

The person you are concerned about may possibly have begun sleeping an unordinary amount of time. This could be a number greater than 12 hours per day, or maybe even the opposite has been occurring in which the person barely sleeps at all. They could have developed any combination of depression and melancholy, anxiety and nervousness, or hostility and aggression. This person may exhibit emotions at seemingly inappropriate times, such as laughing at violence, or weeping unexpectedly during a comedy movie. These inner changes can manifest themselves externally in these ways and more, such as beginning to speak differently by using a different set of vocabulary or being very resistant and sensitive to physical contact with other people.

Let’s give an example story to make these signs stand out a bit more for you.

Timothy Displaying Signs of Schizophrenia as Viewed by His Mother

According to his mother, Timothy was doing fine in his education and socializing. He was a 23 year old junior in college with plenty of friends. He lived at home and would bring a barrage of various friends by to play video games and just hang out in general. As usual at the end of the semester, Tim brought home his report card and his mother noticed that his usual straight-A list of grades featured largely B-minus and C-pluses. She had also begun to recognize his need for isolation. Tim would retreat to his room and not exit for long periods of time. His friends no longer visited. Tim wasn’t showering daily any more nor shaving his facial hair. His hair was always unkempt now. One day while he was at class, she entered his bedroom to find two-liter bottles full of urine. This was completely unlike her son, so she used an at home drug-test to determine if drugs was the problem. He passed the test clean and clear… “What is his problem?” This was the question that plagued his mother.

We will return to this story shortly from Tim’s own perspective.

Schizophrenia Signs Experienced by the Individual

The person him or herself will experience these events and symptoms in a completely different manner than an outsider will comprehend.  The main difference between the outsider and the individual himself is that the outsider does not have access to the person’s thoughts and emotions.

Before we talk about these signs that a person may notice within himself, let’s continue with Timothy’s story from his own perspective.

Continuing Timothy’s Story

Tim began to become very suspicious of his friend’s motivations.  He wasn’t sure if he should trust them or not, because he felt that they were always laughing at him and that they all shared some inside joke about him or had some plan being enacted upon him.  So he began to withdraw socially.  His fear that his own mother may be involved led him to hiding in his bedroom, not even brave enough to leave to go to the restroom many of the times.  His sense of self-worth dropped and he saw no reason to take care of himself, so he stopped bathing and shaving.  He felt so depressed that all he wanted to do was sleep.  His emotions were blunted and he could feel this reflected on his expressionless face.  He also knew his grades were slipping because he was having a very hard time focusing in class, and when it came time to take tests and quizzes he had a difficult time organizing his thoughts and expressing them on paper.  Quite honestly, he didn’t even care any more, because he was more alarmed by the increasingly frequent hallucinations he was experiencing.

 Notice that some of the external behaviors that are observed by friends and family are actually caused by new thoughts and emotions that are arising in the person.  One of the main attributes that inspires these behaviors are delusions, which are essentially thoughts that are based in beliefs that aren’t real.  It is very unlikely that a person’s friends, family, and social circle are co-conspiring against him.  This is a belief that is not founded in truth but in delusion.  These types of beliefs can be compounded and supported by hallucinations, which are also perceptions that don’t truly exist in some fashion, whether completely or partially.

These problems can take precedence and create a sense of despair or apathy, combined with depression, anxiety, detachment  fear, or complete unresponsiveness as a mode of escape.  All of these new feelings can be confusing, which makes it difficult to focus.  A person’s entire set of communication abilities may be disrupted, most notably speaking and language.  Disorganized thinking makes it hard for anyone else to understand the individual as they try new words to express their new ideas and emotions, and they often jump from topic to topic making it difficult for an outsider to follow the train of thought.


The early schizophrenia signs are in fact just pieces of the full cluster of symptoms that can appear with fully-developed schizophrenia.  There are internal and external signs to be noticed.  If you want to learn more of the possible symptoms involved, please read the post here for a larger scope.  The purpose of this article is to introduce those concerned that they themselves or one of their loved ones may be developing signs of an impending battle with schizophrenia.

One Comment

  1. I’ve been researching the symptoms of schizophrenia, because a close friend of mine from high school is displaying many of the behaviors associated with this condition. I took the test, based on the symptoms she’s displaying and rec’d a score of 77. A couple years ago I tried to approach this subject and she became very defensive and angry. I’d like any advice on how best to confront my friend about going to the Dr. for an assessment. It’s very difficult to watch her deteriorate!!!

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For many of us, living with schizophrenia is our reality. And instead of struggling with the wish of how things “could be,” we finally come to an acceptance of our predicament and ultimately we embrace the fact of our lives: We are people dealing with schizophrenia. So then the question becomes not “Why” we suffer from this illness, but “How” we will cope and continue to enjoy our lives. We certainly will not give up! We have every right to demand the niceties, freedoms, and enjoyments of life to which all living creatures are entitled. This is what Schiz Life is all about.

Mission Statement Concerning Schizophrenia Information and Culture

Schiz Life serves to…

  • • Provide a safe haven for persons who wish to converse, cope, and share their experiences with schizophrenia in a positive manner in an attempt to celebrate the beauty of life, especially concerning our unique perspective on existence.
  • • Provide the highest quality of information concerning our psychological difficulties, including a frame of reference on the symptoms, treatment, history, and the future of schizophrenia.
  • • Take corrective action to dispel the myths and stigma surrounding schizophrenia, such as false ideas surrounding the cause, associations with violence, and others, all being perpetuated by the media by providing truth through scientific research and statistics.

Schiz Life intends to achieve this goal in the following manner:

The Schiz Life Schizophrenia Action Plan

  1. 1. We will continue to take advantage of internet outreach, contacting news agencies and other medical bloggers in hopes that they will join us in raising awareness of schizophrenia.
  2. 2. We will continue to promote this website through video and media outlets, including the dissemination of informational videos and graphics such as the first official schizophrenia infographic.
  3. 3. We will all contribute where possible off-line, including at health expo’s, psychology conferences, and any other relevant opportunity to spread the good word.

Thank You for Your Part in the Schizophrenia Journey!

We all thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for playing your role in the developing journey surrounding schizophrenia awareness and research. With all of our combined efforts, we will change the way the world perceives this illness and we will advance the medical efforts of professionals in their search for a cure and effective medicines. Thank you again!

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Do you know of a great schizophrenia resource out there? Let us know! Do you see a person in need inside the comments of this site? Lend them some advice or encouragement! Are you a graphic designer or artist? Show us your work and I'm sure we can find some way to include your skills here on the site. Are you a writer who would like to contribute to the site? Shoot us an email and we'll discuss it. This site is for all of us and excludes none of us. Contact us for any reason and get involved!

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Try This Quick Schizophrenia Mini-Quiz:

This is but a quick quiz to test your general knowledge of schizophrenia. If you would like to take the extended and in-depth quiz, venture over to our Schizophrenia Quiz page and see just how much you know! Try the Schizophrenia Test to gauge your symptom levels.

Schizophrenia Quiz Directions: Please select the correct answer for each question and then press the button below to grade your quiz.

1. What is the term for perceiving stimuli that doesn't exist?

2. Which is NOT a type of schizophrenia?

3. Which of the following is a symptom of schizophrenia?

4. How common is schizophrenia in the general population?

5. Who can diagnose a case of schizophrenia?

6. How can schizophrenia be treated?

7. Are the causes of schizophrenia genetic or environmental?

8. What is the most common age of onset?

9. Catatonia is categorized as what type of symptom?

10. Is Schiz Life the best website about schizophrenia?


Show me the answers!


Question 1: The correct answer is the Hallucination.
Question 2: The correct answer is Hyperlipid.
Question 3: The correct answer is All of the Above.
Question 4: The correct answer is 1%.
Question 5: The correct answer is A Doctor.
Question 6: The correct answer is All of the Above Should Be Used.
Question 7: The correct answer is Both.
Question 8: The correct answer is 25.
Question 9: The correct answer is Negative.
Question 10: The correct answer is DON'T BE A PARTY POOPER!.
You answered them all right! Good job! You know a little something about schizophrenia, don't you!


How To Use This Site

If you're brand new to this site, it might look overwhelming until you get a sense of where things are at.  Schiz Life is a content-based site, much like a newspaper or a magazine.  However, we focus strictly and solely on schizophrenia.  So where does all of this content reside?  We have decided to separate our articles into several categories, as described below:


This category will be of the most interest to those who wish to gain a very broad but shallower overview of the entirety of the academic view of schizophrenia.  We cover all of the topics you'd expect to find in an abnormal psychology text book here, and at a similar depth.  It is a great introduction to this illness and will guide you further along into deeper topics.


We cover various angles such as statistics, research, and more factually based views of schizophrenia and place them in this category.  One could say that it is almost a repository for article that don't fit into the other categories, but it is more than that.  Go check it to find out more!


The name says it all.  This category of content covers all topics related to the treatment and prevention of schizophrenia and its relapses.  We've started with the empirically sound and scientifically backed methods first, but we intend to venture into more holistic and alternative therapies as well.  Without investigating all options, progress wont' be made, and so we do.


There are countless symptoms involved in schizophrenia. We cover them in depth in this category, including the positive (outward) and negative (inward) symptoms of every type of this disorder.  There is much to read here, so if a particular symptom is giving you or a loved one trouble, this is the place to go and learn more about it.


What use is all of this information when we simply don't feel good enough to read it and learn?  The category for coping provides many ideas that you can apply to your own life to help you maintain the best health possible, physically, psychologically, and spiritually.  Schizophrenia is a mental illness that some of us simply cannot escape, but we can learn to live with it, minimize its problematic aspects, and take advantage of some of the aspects it unlocks within us that others don't have!


Let's face it.  People are afraid of what they don't understand.  This category addresses the cultural issue of schizophrenia and it's impacts on the way we are treated or perceived by the masses.  It is up to us to represent ourselves in the best light and to combat the myths and misunderstandings that exist in the world concerning our plight.  Learn about these issues here and apply them in your lives!


There are other classifications of illnesses that are very closely related to schizophrenia.  The only differences might just be a research label actually, but we have found it useful to place these articles in a category of their own.  We deal with schizophreniform and psychosis disorders and their respective symptoms here.


While the medical community deals with schizophrenia as a psychological or physical disorder of the brain, those of us who actually experience it know it is much more.  It is a philosophical, spiritual, metaphysical, and mythological issue.  Coming to terms with this, confronting it, integrating it, and reconciling it leads to much higher functioning not only as an individual diagnosed with schizophrenia but as a member of society in general.  We have a deeper access to this aspect of life and have a great opportunity for learning and healing.


Many of us past and present have chosen to express ourselves through the arts.  Whether this is painting and drawing, poetry, dancing, or any other artform, it is healthy and beautiful.  We are writing biographies, displaying artwork, and welcoming submissions from our own community to be included here in this category!  Please submit if you have something to share!


The internet has opened up the world.  There is a constant flow of news concerning our illness but you wouldn't know it by watching the television.  We cover new research topics, treatment modalities, and nationwide and worldwide coverage of schizophrenia or incidents related to it in this category!

Other Items

We have also included other items of interest throughout our website.  For instance, we are producing a series of infographics to help educate the public on this topic.  We also are collecting and reviewing books concerning the illness.  In addition, we have created a directory for the United States of all treatment facilities and hospitals that have staff that are trained to work with schizophrenia cases.  Please look around and find these sections and more.


There is something that was slightly mentioned in the footer of the site, but that could be overlooked easily so we felt it was the responsible thing to do to create a large disclaimer to be displayed here on the homepage.  This has to do completely with safety.  Let us explain.

Individual Uniqueness

unique individualEvery individual on this planet is a unique person.  Even more so, those of us dealing with this special psychological difficulty are even more unique, if that makes sense.  On this site, we are talking about one of the most complex brain mysteries ever and it expresses itself through every person differently.  Every case is going to have it's own peculiarities and all we are able to do in the articles on the site is speak in generalities.  We invite anyone to leave appropriate comments and engage in discussion, however we can't take responsibility for their words.  Nor can we take responsibility for the actions of any individual or group who have at one time or another visited our website.

Always Consult a Medical Professional

medical professionalIf you find yourself in a situation where you're trying to learn more about your condition or are trying to cope through a moment of crisis, please do not act upon any of the information listed on this site, whether in the main content or comments, without first corroborating the accuracy of the info with a medical professional first.  Reach out to a general practitioner, psychiatrist, psychologist, or counselor.  Even then it's always helpful to have a second opinion from a separate professional as well.  Again, we must stress... always act with safety as the foremost concern, and this means consulting professionals before engaging in any practice intended to treat your condition.

Please Be Considerate About Delusions

delusion discussionWe understand that delusions can be very confusing and convincing.  We also understand that delusions can center around topics that simply are too philosophical to be proven wrong or correct and thus are tempting to explore in-depth.  We have no problem with this exploration as long as it is not harmful to those discussing it.  Please use your best discretion in this regard.  If the staff of Schiz Life step in and begin deleting comments or halting a conversation, please respect their decision and understand it is not personal.

Investigating delusions is encouraged.  Delusions are interesting due to their nature of being understood as strange and outside the norm of the culture of the experiencer, but there is a vast number of individuals visiting this site from many cultures.  There is a subtle difference between discussing these topics, and encouraging or trolling.  Please find that balance and abide by the above suggestions.

We also, under no circumstances, will tolerate anyone discussing or suggesting harming themselves or others.  Past-tense symptom discussion in this regard is fine, but nothing in the future tense will be allowed.

General Discussion Guidelines

We encourage discussion in the comments as much as possible and are looking into offering a forum and personal blogs as well.  In all of these mediums when carrying on conversation, there are some useful questions to ask yourself before posting that comment or response.

The main question to ask yourself is the following:

Is what I'm about to post going to help and support or will it further entrench illness and suffering?

Please consider this as you enjoy Schiz Life.  Try not to post angry or hurtful comments.  Try not to criticize or blame others.  Be as supportive, encouraging, and respecting as you can.  Accepting and negotiating differences is key to carrying on constructive conversation.

Remember, there is a real person on the other side of the screen.  It's easy to assume the other person is in a similar situation as yourself, but you don't know the extent of their emotions, symptoms, nor their age or even gender.

Let's Do This Together!

Let's have a supportive and comforting community where we all feel open and able to share as much as possible.  If you receive support from someone, please pay that forward and try to help out someone else.  If we all do this, we should all be okay!  Thank you for reading and enjoying this thing we are building together.

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