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What Is Schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia photoLadies and gentlemen and boys and girls, welcome to my new blog about Psychosis and Schizophrenia.  In this article, I will be describing the psychotic disorder called Schizophrenia.

What Is Schizophrenia?

What is Schizophrenia?  According to, shizophrenia is a brain and behavior disorder.  It impacts how one thinks, feels, and acts.  According, schizophrenics can have “trouble distinguishing reality from fantasy, expressing and managing normal emotions and making decisions.” In addition, according to, “Thought processes may also be disorganized and the motivation to engage in life’s activities may be blunted.”  Another symptom of shizophrenia is imaginary voices.

What Are The Symptoms Of Schizoprhenia?

According to, positive symptoms are one symptom of shizophrenia.

According, Positive symptoms can be severe or mild and can include delusions, hallucinations and thought disorders.  Psychomotor problems can also be included in this category as well.  What are delusions?  According to,  “Delusions lead people to believe others are monitoring or threatening them, or reading their thoughts. Hallucinations cause a patient to hear, see, feel or smell something that is not there.” What are thought disorders?  According to, “Thought disorders may involve difficulty putting cohesive thoughts together or making sense of speech.”   What are psychomotor problems?  According to, psychomotor problems can appear as “clumsiness, unusual mannerisms or repetitive actions, and in extreme cases, motionless rigidity held for extended periods of time.”

According to, negative symptoms are another symptom of schizophrenia.  Negative symptoms reflect “a loss of functioning in areas such as emotion or motivation.” In addition, negative symptoms include “loss or reduction in the ability to initiate plans, speak, express emotion or find pleasure in life.”

According to, another symptom of schizophrenia is Cognitive.  Cognitive symptoms involve issues with attention and memory.


Ladies and gentlemen and boys and girls, I hope you have enjoyed my first article on Shizophrenia.  Shizophrenia is not like Bipolar Disorder or Depression or even ADHD like mentioned in my previous blogs.  Unlike these disorders, according to, Shizophrenia is a brain and behavior disorder.  It has positive symptoms and negative symptoms.  The positive symptoms are based on the psychosis.  The psychosis can be treated with medication.  In addition, the negative symptoms, unlike the positive symptoms cannot be treated with medication.  The negative symptoms have to do with the social skills.  The negative symptoms are treated with social skills training and different types of therapy.




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What Is Schizophrenia?

Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!

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Walters, L. (2017). What Is Schizophrenia?. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 4, 2020, from


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