10 Early Warning Signs of Schizophrenia

10 Early Warning Signs of Schizophrenia

3. Abnormal sleep habits

With schizophrenia, the destruction of dopamine-producing cells in the body can result in sleep problems. This causes either excessive sleep, insomnia or sleep disturbances.

2. Social Isolation

Patients who suffer from this disorder do not mix around with strangers and even their peers! Paranoid schizophrenics find it difficult to trust others, which results in them avoiding interaction altogether. Another condition is referred to as Anhedonia, where schizophrenics lose interest in their surroundings.

1. Delusions

These are false beliefs that are not based in reality. For example, you believe that you’re being harmed or harassed; certain gestures or comments are directed at you; you have exceptional ability or fame; another person is in love with you; a major catastrophe is about to occur; or your body is not functioning properly.

These general signs and symptoms don’t necessarily mean your child has childhood schizophrenia. They could indicate simply a phase or another condition, such as depression, an anxiety disorder or a medical illness that requires other types of evaluation.

Seek medical care as soon as possible if your child has a change in thinking, as these symptoms should be addressed right away.