The Characteristics Of Paranoid Schizophrenia
Paranoid schizophrenia as perhaps the most frequently diagnosed and often has the best prognosis. Classification as a paranoid schizophrenic requires that a patient experience regular auditory hallucinations as well as preoccupation with at least one delusion. This combination invokes a sense of paranoia, as it often causes a person to believe he or she is being targeted. Additional symptoms usually include inappropriate emotional expression, spastic behavior, and disorganized speech.
Catatonic schizophrenia is less common, but often easier to diagnose. Symptoms may include hallucinations, delusions, disorganized speech, fits of anger, social withdrawal, poor personal hygiene, inappropriate emotional responses, and awkward or uncoordinated physical movements, but must also include at least one of the following: Unresponsiveness to environment or stimuli, excessive movement without purpose, refusal or inability to speak, bizarre stance or posture, unwillingness to change physical position, or senseless repetition of others’ words or …show more content…
Delusions and hallucinations may continue to occur, but the emotional connection to them becomes much less strong, allowing for more normal behavior. Furthermore, there may be residual signs of disorganized speech and emotional withdrawal; these are likely manageable with therapy.
Undifferentiated schizophrenia is diagnosed when a patient exhibits symptoms which do not fully or clearly fit any other diagnosable form of the disease (schizophrenic.com)
Schizophrenia, in any form, may appear at any point in a person’s life: Some begin to show signs as children and others do not experience symptoms until late adulthood. There is a general consensus among experts that the illness is brought about by a collaboration of factors; these have been narrowed down to genetic mutations, environment, and differences in the structure and chemical balances of the brain. Scientists have long known that schizophrenia runs in families, as it occurs in about one percent of the general population and ten percent of those having a first degree relative with the disease. This observation provides evidence for the passing down of genetic mutations, but it has yet to be determined which gene or genes are responsible or what age a person may reach before these mutations take effect. Examinations of affected brains have shown abnormalities such as deficits in dopamine levels,