09. What are the early warning signs?
Marked personality and behavior changes that last a period of time. When a combination of symptoms persists it is crucial to seek medical attention.
Early warning signs may include:
• Withdrawal from activities and social contacts
• Irrational, angry, or fearful responses to friends and family
• Sleep disturbances
• Deterioration in studies or work
• Inappropriate use of language—words do not make sense
• Sudden excesses, such as extreme religiosity, extreme activity
• Deterioration in personal hygiene
• Difficulty controlling thoughts, difficulty concentrating
• Hearing voices or sounds others don’t hear
• Seeing people or things others don’t see
• A constant feeling of being watched
• Inability to turn off the imagination, delusions, off-the-wall ideas
• Mood swings, increased anxiety
• Somatic symptoms: weakness, pains, bizarre body sensations
10. In addition to good medical care, what other kinds of support can help a person recover and improve his/her quality of life?
Friends and family who are supportive; acceptance and understanding from society; education, rehabilitation and counseling to help cope with the illness; support to continue education; housing; and community supports and services.
11. What are some of the challenges facing individuals with Schizophrenia?
Accepting having to take medication; overcoming stigma and prejudice caused by ignorance; avoiding stress; having a social life; continuing going to school; finding a job and a place to live, establishing and maintaining relationships, and the challenges of recovery. << Back